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Don't Let Me Go

Don't Let Me Go

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“An excellent read.” –New Books Review
“Original and wonderful.” –The Sun

Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors—beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and 9-year-old Grace and her former addict mother Eileen.

But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building’s front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy’s patio. Troubled by this change in the natural order, Billy makes it far enough out onto his porch to ask Grace why she doesn’t sit inside where it’s safe. Her answer: “If I sit inside, then nobody will know I’m in trouble. And then nobody will help me.”

Her answer changes everything.

By the bestselling author of WHEN YOU WERE OLDER and PAY IT FORWARD, DON’T LET ME GO is the heart-breaking, funny, and life-affirming story of a building full of loners and misfits who come together to help a little girl survive—and thrive—against all odds.

“Catherine Ryan Hyde at her utter best.” –ChickLit Reviews

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“An excellent read.” –New Books Review
“Original and wonderful.” –The Sun

Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors—beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and 9-year-old Grace and her former addict mother Eileen.

But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building’s front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy’s patio. Troubled by this change in the natural order, Billy makes it far enough out onto his porch to ask Grace why she doesn’t sit inside where it’s safe. Her answer: “If I sit inside, then nobody will know I’m in trouble. And then nobody will help me.”

Her answer changes everything.

By the bestselling author of WHEN YOU WERE OLDER and PAY IT FORWARD, DON’T LET ME GO is the heart-breaking, funny, and life-affirming story of a building full of loners and misfits who come together to help a little girl survive—and thrive—against all odds.

“Catherine Ryan Hyde at her utter best.” –ChickLit Reviews

Unconventional

Unconventional

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#1 Inspirational & Christian Fiction Bestseller! Over 100,000 units sold worldwide. One of the most popular indie Inspirational/Christian Fiction books on the market! Published by MindStir Media, 2009.

"Unconventional is a wonderful story full of heart, humor, and what it means to truly be successful. An A+ novel for the keeper shelf." --Gemma Halliday, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author

"I loved UNCONVENTIONAL, a stirring love story and spiritual journey that will surely touch your heart. You'll remember James Frost for a long time!" --Cecelia Dowdy, inspirational romance novelist

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YOUNG JAMES FROST just knows, deep in his bones, that he's a writer. He writes far into early mornings, after his wearying hours of scrubbing toilets and sweeping floors. He loves writing that much.

But it's not only the joy of words that keeps him grinding; it's his desire to retire the janitor's mop. He sees being published as the key to living an improved life. James has another deep-seated conviction: that he's not good enough. He secretly longs to be accepted. However, the conventional others in his life seem all too willing to remind him that he's wasting his time.

Then he meets and falls in love with Leigh, the one bright spot in his endless misery of self-doubt. A quiet but resolutely religious girl, she has to fight off disapproval of her own from overly critical parents, whose insults are countered by James's often-voiced admiration of her. Likewise, Leigh's faith in his talents begins to build his confidence, eventually allowing her to introduce him to a different way to help himself: relying on God.

Ultimately, James's newfound faith is sorely tested to the point of doubt when his dream to be published seems to melt into a mirage, smothered by countless rejection slips from agents and publishers. His faith is also battered by having to fight highly emotional battles and suffer fear and loss. Just when James appears hopelessly sapped by devastating events, one last door opens, and he's rocked by an epiphany.

UNCONVENTIONAL is designed to inspire readers to reach for their dreams. Buy this book. Read it. Share it with everyone you know. You - and they - will be glad you did!

Save My Soul

Save My Soul

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Kendra Larkin’s life was seemingly perfect, but little did she know the path she was on was about the be forever altered. Following a tragic rappelling accident, she lands on Dr. Adam Chamberlain’s operating table.

Accepting a proposal from her handsome guardian angel, Rhyan, Kendra is tasked with saving the soul of her doctor, who also happens to be her soul mate. If completed successfully, she will keep her life; however, her life isn’t the only thing in danger … her soul is, too.

Even with Rhyan’s help, it seems there is no happy ending in sight. Torn between her newly discovered love for Rhyan, and the undeniable attraction she has for Adam, Kendra finds herself at a crossroad. With Adam’s rejection of God, and his guardian demon conspiring against her, her soul may already be lost.

Will she find a way to overcome the evil in her life, or will Adam’s guardian demon win both their souls and make Kendra his puppet in Hell?

I Am Wolf (The Children of Nox Book 1)

I Am Wolf (The Children of Nox Book 1)

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“You can’t fight who you really are, Jonah . . .you are wolf.”

When Jonah unknowingly creates an unnatural creature, he is thrust upon a path of unremitting shadows and unrelenting torment from the creature he becomes connected to. In stark contrast, seven teens, the youngling pack from the tribe of Tibolt, join forces with Jonah, their newest member. Together, they must stop the “unnatural,” who brings horror wherever he travels. As the murderous creature makes his way east to Tennessee, it becomes a race against time to save a small child of destiny known as the Dream Maker. Will Jonah reach her before the creature is able to turn her for his evil purposes?

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“You can’t fight who you really are, Jonah . . .you are wolf.”

When Jonah unknowingly creates an unnatural creature, he is thrust upon a path of unremitting shadows and unrelenting torment from the creature he becomes connected to. In stark contrast, seven teens, the youngling pack from the tribe of Tibolt, join forces with Jonah, their newest member. Together, they must stop the “unnatural,” who brings horror wherever he travels. As the murderous creature makes his way east to Tennessee, it becomes a race against time to save a small child of destiny known as the Dream Maker. Will Jonah reach her before the creature is able to turn her for his evil purposes?

Slipping Into Darkness: A True Story From The American Ghetto

Slipping Into Darkness: A True Story From The American Ghetto

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If you managed to survive a beating by over 100 gang members one cold night deep in gang turf, would you ever go back into that neighborhood? Author M. Rutledge McCall not only went back, he moved into the 'hood--for over a year.
    Described as "The Sopranos"-meets-"Boys In The Hood," this poignant, riveting, critically acclaimed saga details the experiences of author M. Rutledge McCall living in the largest, most violent ghetto in America among some of its deadliest residents.
    During his time in the 'hood, gang members were sending bullet-riddled corpses to the county morgue at the rate of one every 11 hours. After spending months in gang turf, sufficient mutual trust and respect grew between gang members and McCall that they allowed him to be involved in every aspect of their lives: to go where they went, see what they saw, and watch what they did as he moved among them as no white outsider had ever been allowed. McCall saw it all, from crimes committed by gang members to crimes committed by police officers. He saw firsthand the path that leads 6 year-old boys to becoming 16 year-old killers, and society's role in creating and fostering the violence and mayhem in America's big-city ghettos.
    Yet, unbelievably, those were the early, more peaceful days of modern ghetto gangsterism. By the new millennium, street gangs such as La Eme (the Mexican Mafia) and the BGF (Black Guerilla Family) had spread into and gained virtual free reign of the nation's prisons, where Latinos far outnumber Blacks, and violence between the two had risen to alarming levels. By 2012, street gangs such as the F13's and Mar Salvatrucha had gone worldwide, virtually taking over the illegal drug trade and morphing into violent cousins of the early street gangs of Los Angeles, Compton and Watts, California.
    The events McCall witnessed and participated in during his time in the 'hood not only shattered his perceptions of racism in America today, they changed his life. The book went on to be optioned for film by David O. Sacks, co-founder and former Chief Operating Officer of PayPal.
See: American-Ghetto.com

I'll Follow the Moon - 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition

I'll Follow the Moon - 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition

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OVER 2 MILLION COPIES SOLD--Double-gold medalist begins simply in baby sea turtle's voice:"I'm coming Mama, I'll see you soon, I know just how, I'll follow the moon." Celebrating the love between mother and child comes an achingly beautiful story that has captured hearts around the world. Written by a new mom, by accident, when she sang a little song to her fussing newborn, I'll follow the moon donates to charity: every book saves a turtle. [G]orgeous watercolors chronicle the journey of a baby sea turtle from its hatching to its first swim in the sea." --Kirkus Reviews"[C]aptivates children with poetry..." --New York Times
"[A] tiny one-inch hatchling teaches the world about courage...utterly magnificent..." --San Francisco Chronicle
"[B]aby turtle wins hearts everywhere, expect your kids to hug you tight after the first read...expect to be asked to read again and again and again..." --USA Today
"[I]'m coming Mama, I'll see you soon, I know just how, I'll follow the moon...we can't get baby turtle's song out of our heads....achingly sweet little bedtime book for weeones." --Huffington Post
"[N]o surprise at all that this book has a worldwide toddler-cult following...baby turtle serenades us all so sweetly with his song of home. Proceeds to turtle charities too!" --National Geographic
"[H]ats off to this turtle hatchling who has garnered millions of fans across the planet...a tiny activist who is saving his own kind...bravo." --World Wildlife Fund
"[S]tephanie Lisa Tara and Canadian illustrator Lee Edward Fodi have teamed up to create a lyrical rendition of a green sea turtle's first glimpse of life. Hatched on a moon-washed beach, the baby turtle finds its way b yinstinct across the expanse of sand to the sea and a rendezvous with its mother. Written in simple verse in the first person, the rhythmic text is full of action and sensory detail and loaded with alliteration and onomatopoeia for an enjoyable read-aloud. The refrain, "I'm coming, Mama.....," repeated on each double page spread, is soothing and reassuring of the joyful reunion to come. The atmosphere of a quiet but determined struggle to break free of the egg soon gives way to growing excitement as the turtle mingles with fellow hatchlings and catches his first tempting sensations: the smell of salt air, the sight of the moon's glow, the gentle touch and beckoning sounds of the waves rushing to shore. Once he's free of the land, new motions take over: gulp, spin, float, swim...The final happy refrain is new and satisfying: "I'm here, Mama - here with you. I know I'd find you, Moon did too. "[F]ramed by endpapers of soft, limitless, under seagreen, Fodi's delightful illustrations feature an animated and engaging baby emerging from an egg buried in golden sand. With other tiny turtles, he is shown plowing through the damp sand, sampling the salty sea air and marching unerringly toward the moonlight glimmer, his guide to the ocean. Once afloat, he soon comes face to face with "eyes like mine" in his new watery home. The gold of sand, blue of sky and green of the sea repeated throughout the book bring a sense of harmony. The turtle is the focal point of all the pictures. The illustrator has carefully integrated the turtle's actions with Tara's verse which relies heavily on verbs: roll, slide, tumble......crawl, scoop, shove. Young children will be propelled through the story in the illustrations as well as the text." *Highly Recommended. Gillian Richardson, who lives in BC, is a former teacher-librarian and freelance writer. --Canadian Materials Magazine, Gillian Richardson
"[I]n this tranquil bedtime story, a baby sea turtle hatches on the beach and wants to find his mother. And he knows just how -- he'll follow the moon! From his gentle struggles to break free of his egg to his determination to dig his way out of the sand nest, we follow the baby sea turtle on each step of his instinctive journey home." Very highly recommended. --Books of Wonder

Rumors of Savages

Rumors of Savages

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It seemed the perfect stunt to save the ailing Adventure Channel. When a famed anthropologist disappears in the middle of a formidable African jungle while searching for a legendary--and reportedly bloodthirsty--"lost tribe," fading star Max Carrington and his bumbling television crew swiftly set off to find him. Their goal: bring him back, alive or dead, documenting every moment along the way for a blockbuster television event. Back home, their dramatic live video dispatches from the middle of the jungle swiftly become the media sensation of the moment. But when members of the crew start disappearing as well, they realize too late that much more than the network's fortunes are at risk...

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It seemed the perfect stunt to save the ailing Adventure Channel. When a famed anthropologist disappears in the middle of a formidable African jungle while searching for a legendary--and reportedly bloodthirsty--"lost tribe," fading star Max Carrington and his bumbling television crew swiftly set off to find him. Their goal: bring him back, alive or dead, documenting every moment along the way for a blockbuster television event. Back home, their dramatic live video dispatches from the middle of the jungle swiftly become the media sensation of the moment. But when members of the crew start disappearing as well, they realize too late that much more than the network's fortunes are at risk...

Just Evil (The Evil Secrets Trilogy Book 1)

Just Evil (The Evil Secrets Trilogy Book 1)

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The Evil Secrets Trilogy

Three best friends grow up among the Hollywood glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills. But their childhood was far from ideal. Haunted by the dark clouds of abuse, they stand together to survive no matter what. But when a stranger shows up bent on revenge, he threatens to expose a double murder forty years in the past. The evil they've lived with for so long comes back full circle, bringing old fears and nightmares to the surface, threatening everything they hold dear.

Just Evil

A survivor of an abusive childhood, Kit Griffin cherishes her new life of freedom. But when her tyrannical mother is found brutally murdered on Mother's Day, the horrors of her past threaten to destroy her. When she becomes the prime suspect, when the body count continues to rise, Kit must convince the police there's a cold-blooded killer on the loose, a killer working his way down a mysterious list of victims all connected to her mother's evil--a killer who has Kit Griffin squarely in his sights.


Bastard Husband: A Love Story

Bastard Husband: A Love Story

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Bastard Husband: A Love Story is a humorous account of the author's first year alone in Las Vegas after a midlife divorce from someone who was the perfect soulmate--until that one drink too many. The book is threaded with reflections of the relationship and shows how she transitioned from anger and sadness to doing stand-up comedy for the first time at age 46. Funny and sad, demented and poignant... all at the same time.

UNDERDOG, A True Crime Thriller of Prison Life

UNDERDOG, A True Crime Thriller of Prison Life

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Another one of Glenn Langohr's stunning memoirs--a brave, unflinching account of life in prison~ Prison Killers Book 4

The California Prison System houses a mixture of Mexican cartel members, Mexican mafia, Bloods, Crips, and thousands of other street gangs fighting for control and the author turns this story into a pulp thriller of true crime.

The author of Underdog, Glenn Langohr, takes you on a journey back into prison as he remembers a prison riot days before his release date where he left his friend on the way to Pelican Bay.

The story follows the author years later as he visits his friend in Pelican Bay during a prisoner developed hunger strike against sadistic and cruel guards who get off on their isolation and enjoy adding violence to their torture.

A spotlight on the flaws at how Pelican Bay determines gang validation and solitary confinement.

"With lazer-like precision Glenn Langohr lays bare the festering under-belly of our criminal justice system in a driving, graphic narrative that somehow finds the humanity in this most inhuman setting." Phillip Doran, T.V. Producer and Author

I'm Not Talking About You, Of Course... (Quirky Essays for Quirky People Book 1)

I'm Not Talking About You, Of Course... (Quirky Essays for Quirky People Book 1)

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Winner of the "Indie Book of the Day" award for June 7, 2014.

At 7,600 words, this work is a collection of humorous insights into important topics ranging from annoying pet people (“I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course”), to analyzing your inner child (“Irrational Fears”), to living like the Amish in the aftermath of a hurricane (“A Jolt of Electricity”). Other essays examine just how much damage can be caused by a sneeze (“It All Started with a Loud Sneeze”), why it is so complicated to buy a tube of toothpaste (“Ask Me No Questions”), how not to prepare dinner ("Martha, I Let You Down"), making new friends ("Friends in Low Places"), how a parent’s obsessive hobbies can become an inescapable vortex (“Crazy Hobbies”), and why spending the night in a sleep clinic is like being abducted by probing aliens (“Nightmare at the Sleep Clinic”).
If you don’t see yourself in each of these entertaining essays, then I’m not talking about you, of course.

The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One

The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One

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"Lourey never slackens the pace!" -St. Paul Pioneer Press

Aine believes herself to be a regular teenager in 1930s Alabama, but when a blue-eyed monster named Biblos attacks, she discovers that the reclusive woman raising her isn't really her grandmother and that she's been living inside a novel for the past five years.

With her blind brother, Spenser, she flees the pages of the book she's called home, one terrifying step ahead of Biblos' black magic. Her only chance at survival lies in beating him to the three objects that he desires more than life. As she undertakes her strange and dangerous odyssey, Aine must choose between a family she doesn't remember and her growing attraction to a mysterious young man named Gilgamesh.

PRAISE FOR BOOK ONE OF THE TOADHOUSE TRILOGY:

"Riveting reading with a fascinating concept, The Toadhouse Trilogy is not to be missed!" -The Midwest Book Review

"Readers will, like the protagonists, literally get lost in this book. Beautifully written and unquestionably entertaining, this projected trilogy truly does have the potential to become a young adult classic." -Paul Goat Allen (Chicago Tribune reviewer)
"Lourey's wonderful way with words will whisk readers away to an amazing new world!" -Anthony and Agatha Award winning author Chris Grabenstein

Through These Eyes

Through These Eyes

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Through These Eyes tells the powerful story of an innocent teenage boy who is mistakenly shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy. Co-authored by a prosecutor and a sheriff’s detective, Through These Eyes goes deep into the inner workings of the criminal justice system. Providing the reader with a rare look at the tragic personal, emotional and legal consequences of an officer involved shooting that goes horribly wrong. This moving story is told through the eyes of the sheriff’s deputy who killed the boy, the boy’s parents, and the homicide detective who must investigate and potentially prosecute his colleague.

For Sheriff’s Deputy Michelle Baxter, the ending of a routine patrol shift instantly turns deadly when she responds to a convenience store armed robbery. After a high speed pursuit with the robbers shooting at her, they ditch their car, and she gives chase to one of suspects. The night is misty with rain, clouds hide the moon, and it is difficult to see anything. She hears the sound of someone walking over the wet grass and believes she sees the suspect, with a gun in his hand. She shoots, killing the armed robber. But it’s not the robber. It’s sixteen year old Mario Costa, in his backyard, with only a cell phone in his hand.

Still in mourning over the death of her soldier husband in Afghanistan, Baxter must now confront the harsh reality that she has killed an innocent boy; a boy the same age as her son, Nate. She relies on alcohol to ease the pain and beat back the demons of that night. Her life begins to tailspin. The media vilifies her and the public demands her firing. She lives each day not knowing whether the District Attorney is going to bring criminal charges against her. The strength and support of Nate sees through these turbulent times.

Vincent and Carmen Costa endure the shock of their son’s tragic death and must somehow pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. They are unable to fathom how it is possible that a cop can just shoot the wrong person. In their eyes the shooting is not accidental; it’s murder. The Costas embark on a fight for justice to revenge their son’s death. Questions linger; will the District Attorney and the legal system give them the justice that they demand? Or, will the system let them down and protect one of its own?

Sheriff’s Sergeant John Tate is tasked with investigating the homicide of Mario Costa. As a father, he feels the pain of the Costa’s loss. However, because of an on duty shooting in his past, he also finds a kindred soul in Michelle Baxter.

In a twist of fate, Nate Baxter and the Costa’s other son, Joseph, find themselves playing on the same collegiate baseball team. These two conflicting paths that have yet to cross, now intersect, and collide.

Through These Eyes is a must read for anybody in the criminal justice system or who has family and friends in the system. Through These Eyes is also tailor made for anybody who enjoys reading or watching police and legal dramas. In a nut shell—Through These Eyes is Law & Order on steroids.