Orpheus’ Blues

We first meet Jack Stewart on his way back to his apartment in New York City, where he is pursuing a career as a jazz musician. As the novel unfolds, we learn of the difficulties he encounters, of the friendship he develops with George, his roommate—also a jazz musician—and the women he meets in the city. But more importantly, we learn of the very close relationship he has with his mother, who writes to him regularly from Southern Virginia. Through these letters and series of flashbacks, we come to understand Jack’s background, the stifling environment he left behind, and his father’s resentment and disappointment that he did not take up the family business. But it is Hans, proprietor of The Empty Hand, philosopher and benefactor of every artist, who holds the novel together. It is from him that Jack receives those words of wisdom and encouragement so necessary for every artist. At the end of the novel, when Jack believes that he has made sense of it all, everything unravels. It is then that he must travel back to Virginia to face his father, his former friends and his unresolved past.

Meet Carlos Rubio

At the end of the novel, when Jack believes that he has made sense of it all, everything unravels. It is then that he must travel back to Virginia to face his father, his former friends and his unresolved past.

I AM A DIVINE WARRIOR

“Dive into the transformative journey of ‘I AM A DIVINE WARRIOR: Overcoming Trauma with Resilience and Faith’, a captivating memoir by Ms. Alisha Jackson, MSW. In this empowering Christian self-development narrative, readers are invited to witness the author’s courageous voyage through the depths of trauma, guided by unwavering positivity and divine wisdom. Through poignant personal anecdotes and profound insights, the author illuminates a path towards healing and empowerment, inspiring readers to discover their own inner warrior spirit. With practical tools and spiritual guidance, this memoir serves as a beacon of hope, offering solace and strength to those facing adversity. Don’t miss out on this life-changing read, now available at a reduced price from April 7 to June 30. Join the journey of resilience and empowerment today and unleash the warrior within.”

Meet MS.ALISHA JACKSON, MSW

Ms. Alisha Jackson, has an educational background in the following: Associate in Real Estate Bachelor in Liberal Arts Master in Social Work Doctor in Ministry-current doctor student Additionally, she has been in the human and social services industry for over 20 years, as well as the homeless/mental health services for over 15 plus years. Alisha is also an Ordained Minister. Therefore, increasing her ability to continue to empower, motivate, inspire, and provide helpful services to her clients. Alisha has extensive experience that will be used by transferring her education, personal knowledge, and skills toward life coaching, consulting, mentorship, workshops/conferences, and speaking engagements. She is an overcomer of child abuse, domestic violence, divorce, and homelessness. Alisha is an advocate for personal/professional development, generational cycle breaker, trauma recovery, and entrepreneurship.

Paris vs. The Rest of the World

Paris Lane doesn’t just fall in love with her English teacher, Heston Morgan; she runs away with him after he murders someone who’s returned from her past and threatened to expose their relationship, putting Heston’s job on the line. As they journey east, Paris reflects on her relationship with Heston and her true feelings about him, all while resurfacing positive memories and ones that she’s repressed for years. While she’s not purposely on a road to self-discovery, it’s because of Heston that she embarks on it and understands what it means to love someone and be loved by them.

Meet Lauren N. Dupree

The Sparkly Bun

In a world where fitting in is the norm, “The Sparkly Bun” shows children the importance of being true to oneself. Join Emme as she navigates the tricky world of schoolyard fashion. Emme loves her clothes and accessories, but she especially loves one item. When she wears it to school two days in a row, her friends start to tease her. Will Emme be able to learn the valuable lesson that being an individual is more important than fitting in with the crowd? With charming illustrations and a heartwarming story, “The Sparkly Bun” is the perfect addition to any child’s library.

Meet Keith Stoeckeler

Keith Stoeckeler lives with his wife and two children in Connecticut. He experienced a moment of inspiration while reading a bedtime story to his daughter years ago, which led him to believe he could create a children’s book. The idea of incorporating his love for cheeseburgers lingered in his mind for some time, and he was motivated to pursue the creation and completion of the book to provide a lasting gift for his children.

Lost in My Soul: Conversations With the Deepest Parts of Me

Are you searching for answers to the big questions in life? Do you often feel like there must be more to your existence? If these thoughts resonate with you, then my book is exactly what you need. My name is Sergio, and I was born on the last day of 1978. Ever since I can remember, I have been on a quest to find meaning in my life. I’ve had a journey that’s been full of highs and lows, moments of clarity, and times of confusion. But through it all, I have gained valuable insights and a deeper understanding of myself. In my book, I share with you the conversations I have had with my soul. These are reflections that I decided to jot down, and I’ve compiled them just for you. I don’t claim to have found all the answers to the questions I seek, but I have come to realize that the journey itself is just as important as the destination. In fact, the journey is where you will discover your purpose and your true self. My hope is that my book will inspire you to embark on your own journey of self-discovery. I want to encourage you to explore your own sense of being, connect with your soul, and discover the power of introspection. In my book, you’ll find inspiration, guidance, and encouragement to pursue your own path of self-discovery. Join me on this journey of self-discovery, and let’s explore the power of love together. Let’s discover that we are all connected and that we are all one. My promise to you is that this will be a ride you won’t soon forget. So, come along with me, and let’s start this adventure together.

Meet SERGIO RIJO

Hi, I’m Sergio Rijo, a passionate writer with a love for storytelling. With 20 years of experience in the industry, I’ve written numerous books in a variety of genres, from spirituality to fiction. As a writer, I strive to create engaging and captivating stories that will transport readers to new worlds and keep them hooked from start to finish. Whether you’re a fan of spirituality or simply enjoy a good story, I’m confident that you’ll love my work. So, come along on this journey with me and let’s explore the wonderful world of storytelling together!

Twenty Miles West of Branch, Texas and other stories

From a desert highway in West Texas to the plains of frontier Kansas to an abandoned mine in New Mexico, from a courtroom to a high school girls’ speech contest to a nursing home, from the side yard of a suburban home to a youth revival to the halls of an urban high school, K.C. Knouse puts the main characters of the thirteen short stories and novella included in this collection into circumstances that challenge assumptions they have made about themselves, their lives, and the world in which they live:

The mother who is estranged from her son.
The young woman who has doubts about her relationship with an older man.
The widower who struggles to accept the death of his wife.
The young man who is fearful of becoming his abusive father.
The homesteader who fights to redeem his pride.
The aging salesman whose livelihood is threatened by technology.
The father who relives his past at the expense of his relationship with his son.
The boy who discovers that having money creates as many problems as it solves.
The veteran teacher who crosses an emotional boundary in spite of herself.
The teenage boy whose relationship with God is complicated by a pretty girl and a misunderstanding.
The woman who doubts her decision to put her husband into a nursing home.
The man whose faith in the justice system is shaken.
The high school girl who is self-conscious about a birthmark on her face.
The middle-aged insurance adjuster who receives more than he bargained for when he comes to the aid of an attractive woman.

K.C. Knouse uses compassion, humor and an eye for detail to bring these characters to life and bind their stories to your heart.


Meet K.C. Knouse

K.C. Knouse is the author of Twenty Miles West of Branch, Texas and other stories, a collection of short fiction, A Short Stack of Short Fiction, Three Character Driven Short Stories, and a non-fiction book, True Prosperity: Your Guide to a Cash-Based Lifestyle (1996, Double-Dome Publications).

Knouse began writing for publication in 1985 and has had his short fiction published in print literary magazines and online at Wattpad.com. He wrote a personal finance blog, LiveOnCash, from 2010 to 2021.

A career outside salesperson, Knouse enjoyed a forty-year career in the printed products industry. He spent most of his career as a self-employed person.

K.C. Knouse lives on the U.S./Mexico border in far west Texas. More information can be found on the author’s website, KCKnouse.com.

Friends and Neighbours

Life as a Marie Osmond impersonator living in Stoke can be challenging enough.
But when your best friend has died and your other friends have moved away it can suddenly get a whole lot tougher. Now heartbroken Jenny has a female shaped hole in her life which – despite the presence of many women – won’t go away. Grief has turned her into a first class snob.

Husband Lonny preps the house for climate change and is unable to halt Jenny’s unravelling. Then gorgeous Trudi wafts into the creative writing class and brings some much needed hope.

Feeling that this is the only way out of her depression, Jenny’s intention to befriend Trudi builds to an obsession while facing all manner of setbacks. A motley crew of unsuitable local women is encroaching while lovely Trudi remains elusive. Why is something that used to be so easy, now so hard?.

Mixing serious issues with much hilarity ‘Friends and Neighbours’ is a feel-good story for our times.

“This book made me laugh out loud in many places and shed a tear in others.” – Siobhan Curham, author ‘An American in Paris’ ‘What a totally wonderful heart warming read, loved it’ Goodreads Review 

‘This was a nice, easy chick lit read. It has great characters and is really funny in places even though it is about coping with the death of a loved one. It can be related to on lots of different levels. I liked that it has a sort of hidden message, which is to not judge a book by its cover. I enjoyed it very much’ Goodreads Review


Meet Ruth Torjussen

Ruth Torjussen grew up in Stoke but now lives and works in Brighton as a Shared Lives Carer. She writes scripts and novels across different genres but all cover, in some way, the looming ecological crisis.

The Pen and Its Author

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Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Pen and Its Author, has become a modern classic around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

John Bourgeois’ masterpiece tells the mystical story and journey of the eldest son named Ezekiel as he reads his father’s last dying words. From the pages of his father’s final letter, Ezekiel is able to discover what it takes to turn dreams into reality.