The Stone Messiah Vol I

If you lived in a world… where your civilisation could be annihilated; every person you held dear murdered, mutilated or sold into slavery; in unremitting danger and unendurable oppression – YOU would need a messiah… Africa 2000 BC An unimaginably cruel and dangerous world, Genocidal war between two civilisations… The ultimate liberation struggle epic. FREE on Amazon on 13th August Circa 2300 BC – seafarers of Sumerian origin settle south of the Rovuma in East Africa, establishing the Uran civilisation, which grows and flourishes for 300 years. Centred on a walled city in Mozambique, a horse centred, hunting, metal working culture develops. Four hundred miles to the north, around 2070 BC, a huge maritime expedition from Egypt reaches Tanzania. They establish a great capital south of the Rufiji river. Seventy years later, these empire builders destroy the Uran capital Avara. A child is found in the ashes. The story begins… At twenty, that child unites the most gifted men of his generation, against those who brought their civilisation to the brink of annihilation. This is the story of the Uran’s astonishing war against the Andracians. Beautifully written, Intense, Cinematic, Visceral. An epic from the Heroic age of Myths. Life, Death and War. Comradeship, Strategy, Leadership. Triumph and Deliverance.

Meet Anonymous IV

The most memorable stories of all, were those myths that have lasted a thousand years, or to the dawn of civilisation – Gilgamesh, the Siege of Troy, Arthurian legend. Concise, fast moving tales with beautifully memorable twists, stories of heroes who like gladiators, defy death many times, but ultimately must pay the price: and for whom death usually provides a kind of absolution for all transgressions. The authors of these greatest of stories often shared the single, universal name – Anonymous.

Fraulein

BRILLIANT, YOUNG AND AMBITIOUS, Annika Tritzchler defies the norms of 1930s Berlin by pursuing medical training in a venue traditionally dominated by men. Facing contempt from her counterparts is minor compared to the massive upheaval in a city transitioning to dictatorship while brutally persecuting its enemies.

Annika’s career takes a decisive turn when, early in her psychiatric residency, she is expected to participate in applied eugenics- the roguish trend within Nazi medicine. Sterilizing patients deemed racially inferior and euthanizing the handicapped (including patients that she, herself, has been treating) works against everything she holds sacred. Acquiescence means choosing survival over morality, the antithesis to the spirituality nurtured by her Lutheran mother and Jewish stepfather.

Brimming with historical detail, Fräulein is less a story of Nazism than a woman’s attempt to rediscover meaning after her sense of self was shattered by unimaginable trauma. Recapturing identity is central, but only if she comes to terms with guilt.

★★★★★

“There’s so much to love about this novel. It’s a fantastic historical fiction piece that explores a full life heading into the Holocaust and even a bit afterwards, and I love the texture and established setting within the timeline most of all. Leonards’ knowledge of the war accents the plot and allows the gritty realism to feel that much more sound. Annika’s character is quite accessible and well rounded. Her growth from beginning to end is remarkable to witness.”
-Writer’s Digest

“Leonards successfully blends the horrific events of early 20th century Germany with the life story of Annika, whose search for meaning in life leads her into a career in medicine and beyond that into psychiatry and treatment of mental illness. The novel breathes life into many of the key issues of the era, including anti-Semitism, the mass hysteria of Fascism, and the totalitarian regime’s iconic institutions, the concentration camps and the euthanasia programs. Experiencing all of this, Annika tries valiantly to maintain her sanity as well as her sense of morality, and in describing her struggles Leonards has created one of the most unforgettable characters in modern literature.”
-Jack Morrison, Ph.D. Author of Ravensbrück: Everyday Life in a Women’s Concentration Camp 1939-45

“Amazing really what you have done… Ambitious and panoramic!”
-Charles Rotmil one of Maine’s few living survivors of the Holocaust

“Fraulein is a masterfully written, psychologically astute portrayal of a young woman living and practicing psychiatry in a country descending into political and moral insanity, a chaos that consumes its intelligentsia and decent people, and that threatens to consume her own integrity. Filled with lyrical, almost transcendental beauty, and etched depictions of evil, Fraulein is both a gripping story and an unforgettable lesson from history that the gift of a civilized society cannot be taken for granted, but must be nurtured at every turn – it is the only thing saving humanity from the abyss.”
-Jonathan Borkum, Ph.D. Psychologist and Author of Chronic Headaches: Biology, Psychology, and Behavioral Treatment

Your fictional character, Annika, sounds like my kind of person…”
-Tony Campolo, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Eastern University; public speaker; author of over 35 books; and former spiritual advisor to US President Bill Clinton.

Shots: Tell It Slant

If it can happen, I’m just writing… ‘SHOTS’ captures a gamut of human emotion. Set in Indian settings, these slice-of-life shorts are masterfully woven into the tapestry of issues and conflicts everyman is wired to encounter. The twenty-five stories of this collage explore the nuances of sexuality, love, lust, society and whatnot. Flash is a popular choice of attention-deficit times and these haikus of short stories exactly deliver the punch in a few heavy hits. This disturbing little book of sharp and crisp flashes illuminates human condition in ways that impel one toward self-examination. Heartbreaking and joyous at the same time, this is an unsettling debut collection. Don’t miss it!

Meet Rupali Saini

Rupali Saini is a poet, activist, author and wanderer who prefers to ramble in the world of her imagination. Alone but never lonely, Rupali calls herself God’s favorite. She is fond of tapping her feet with a story in her mind, and a random choreographer. When she is not penning the subtleties of human heart, she is an assistant professor and a passionate teacher who loves to promote learning through questioning. Her work has been featured in various journals and anthologies.

The Fabric Over the Moon

“A delightful collection of quaint and quirky tales of common people and uncommon creatures in our world and fantasy lands.” Stories come alive at night. They are whispered around dying campfires, by quiet bedsides, under deformed old trees. They might get interrupted by the howling wind, inaudible gasps, or nervous comments, only to be continued fervently once the dust settles again. Why did the girl visit the eerie village? What did the gypsy’s words mean? Can the discovery of a new flower change the world? Stories are supposed to end but they never do. They leave you wondering and longing for more. They live on in your mind, in corners with cobwebs and memories you’ve been suppressing, in recurring daydreams you have while waiting in long lines. They fester and thrive there. They spiral and soar. You wish they would die but they cannot anymore. Once you blow breath into a story, it instantly becomes yours…

Meet Ferran Plana

Ferran Plana was born in 1988, at present settled in Barcelona. He began his writing passion after a long period of improvising bedtime stories for his wife before sleeping. When he is not writing, you might find him building a sand castle on the beach, observing birds with his binoculars, playing cello or trombone, or in the hospital working as a doctor. The Fabric Over The Moon is his first published short story and flash fiction collection.

The Curse of Beauty

New Release! Before the Muses spoke of Medusa, a woman inspired the myth. Grab this gripping historical drama, and go back to a time when men became legends and kings became gods. Experience the rise of tyranny, discover the power of a people amid a sea of lies, deceit and secrets, and unveil the legacy behind the legend. “Unmissable.”, “…incredible…”, “…an unstoppable read…”, “…a powerful book…”, and “…an exceptional story.” – Readers’ Favorite reviewers 

Meet Lauren Lee Merewether

Lauren is an ancient historical drama author who loves to daydream while sipping green tea and watching experts unearth ancient civilizations on the Discovery channel. To get to know her a little more and grab some free ebooks, visit www.laurenleemerewether.com.

The Ring

How could one small piece of jewelry mean so much to so many?

Paige West is a well-educated, financially stable business owner who mourns the death of her father and misses the closeness she had with him throughout her life.

Jessivel Salter is a high school dropout who had a child out of wedlock at sixteen and is now a single mother on the brink of becoming homeless. She also misses her now-deceased father, but for very different reasons.

When fate unites the two women, Paige is drawn to Jessivel from the start and wants to help her. But Jessivel doesn’t trust Paige or her intentions and rejects her many “helping hand” offers.

When the two women eventually connect, certain disturbing truths are unveiled, and they discover they have something in common that is inconceivable and shocking. Each woman must decide whether to take the easy way out and part ways forevermore or face up to the adversity that fate has thrown at them.

And it all started with “the ring.”


Meet Florence Osmund

After a long career in the corporate world, Florence Osmund retired to write novels. “I strive to write literary fiction and endeavor to craft stories that challenge readers to survey their own beliefs and values,” Osmund states. Florence’s book “How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Novel” offers substantial advice for new and aspiring writers including how to begin the project, writing techniques, building an author platform, book promotion and more. Florence lives on a small tranquil lake in northern Illinois, where she continues to write novels and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.

Last Chance California

Are We All Doomed to Become Our Parents?

Terrified he’s becoming just like his father, Wyatt Lewis, a disillusioned millennial, breaks up with his fiancée to chase his childhood dream – a fresh start in Southern California.

Once in San Diego, Wyatt reunites with an old friend, Summer Harrison, while falling hard for the elusive and free-spirited, Leah Murphy. Summer and Leah show Wyatt a dazzling world littered with lavish speakeasies, egregious drug use, and overpriced cocktails. Surrounded by fake glamor and stuck in a terrible corporate job, Wyatt’s escape turns into his worst nightmare.

Overworked, alone, and filled with regret, the aspiring writer spirals down a self-destructive path that forces him to confront the violent past he ran away to California to forget.

In his raw, hilarious, and dark debut novel, Brian Price showcases our world, on the verge of the COVID-19 pandemic, through the eyes of a sarcastic and stubborn narrator as he attempts to drown his family’s demons.


Meet Brian Price

Brian Price worked in the marketing and communications industry for nine years. The Public Relations Society of America, American Business Awards, and Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals are a few of the organizations that awarded his work.

But who actually cares about that?

He certainly doesn’t.

Sick of bookshelves being stuffed with bureaucrats’ memoirs and snake-oil entrepreneurs using books as sales funnels, Brian wrote a novel, Last Chance California.

If he isn’t reading or writing, Brian is probably playing with his rescue pup, Bucky, or ranting about the government. He resides in Southern New Jersey

Tales from California

This short-story collection highlights Brian Price’s writing style while also serving as an introduction to the main characters in his debut novel, Last Chance California. The collection includes the following tales: Chicken Nuggets or Bust It took Wyatt over thirty years to experience In-N-Out Burger. The joint turned out to be a powder keg ready to blow with one missed pickle. When Wyatt Met Summer How did Wyatt meet Summer? Well, she isn’t shy about telling the story. that’s for sure. The California Palm Reading Seduction Wyatt is struggling in Southern California. He calls out of work and visits a fortune teller for guidance. She invites him over to her mansion for a reading. Things get weird. Sick and Fired Wyatt’s job sucks. Thankfully, strep throat allowed him to avoid the office for a few days. But that led to more problems for Wyatt’s career. Abraham Lincoln: Animal Whisperer If not for a reincarnated Abe Lincoln, Wyatt Lewis would have killed his dog while flying home for Christmas.

Meet Brian Price

Brian Price worked in the marketing and communications industry for nine years. The Public Relations Society of America, American Business Awards, and Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals are a few of the organizations that awarded his work. But who actually cares about that? He certainly doesn’t. Sick of bookshelves being stuffed with bureaucrats’ memoirs and snake-oil entrepreneurs using books as sales funnels, Brian wrote a novel, Last Chance California. If he isn’t reading or writing, Brian is probably playing with his rescue pup, Bucky, or ranting about the government.

pandemic woes and lockdown lows

wake up. make some coffee. watch the news. pack a bowl. freak out. catch a snooze. Lockdown poetry. It’s sad. it’s weird. It’ll punch you in the heart. Brian Price’s first poetry collection delves into themes of love, death, depression, inequality, mental health, and self-righteousness. Written entirely during the COVID-19 lockdowns, the works are the thoughts of a millennial questioning himself and the world he lives in.

Meet Brian Price

Brian Price worked in the marketing and communications industry for nine years. The Public Relations Society of America, American Business Awards, and Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals are a few of the organizations that awarded his work. But who actually cares about that? He certainly doesn’t. Sick of bookshelves being stuffed with bureaucrats’ memoirs and snake-oil entrepreneurs using books as sales funnels, Brian wrote a novel, Last Chance California. If he isn’t reading or writing, Brian is probably playing with his rescue pup, Bucky, or ranting about the government.

La Fleur de Blanc

A young woman with a little girl’s dream. Two handsome suitors. And an adversary determined to crush her before she stands a chance. Lily Whistler has a dream, birthed from the fanciful Parisian memories of her late mother: to open a floral shop called La Fleur de Blanc, selling only white flowers. Back home in Kansas, such a fairy tale notion could never survive … but in the fashionable seaside town of Cielo del Mar, Lily has gambled her inheritance that it will. At first, the lavish Palms Couture shopping center seems like the perfect place to start again. The weather is beautiful; the vistas of the ocean are breathtaking; the customers are elegant and wealthy. There are even two men who’d suit Lily’s fancy if she had time for romance: charming Len, who operates a fine food cart, and the dark and brooding Matthew Vitale, who runs Bella by the Sea — an elite restaurant that hosts only a few couples per night at an exorbitant price. But the one thing Lily didn’t anticipate was a nemesis: Kerry Barrett Kirby, who owns an upscale furniture store across the courtyard. Kerry seems determined to crush Lily for a reason Lily can’t imagine … and has the power and connections at the Palms Couture to make it happen. Lily only has one chance to make her shop work — a tall feat, considering the prior shops Kerry has driven out of business, and the way the Palms always bows to Kerry’s will. But Lily’s charm has bought her a handful of unlikely allies … and as Kerry will find out, quiet little Lily Whistler has more than a few country girl tricks up her sleeve.

Meet Harmony Reed

Harmony Reed writes revelatory stories about what it means to live, how we can become more fully human, and how we can shed the lies we’ve been living by and embrace our truth. Her fiction melds the large-scale with the deeply-personal, yielding insight into the human psyche and the world we all must move through. If you enjoy authors like Michael Chabon and Jodi Picoult, movies like Big Fish and Little Miss Sunshine, or shows like Orange is the New Black and This is Us, you’ll love Harmony Reed.