A kind of history of African Americans from slave days to current.
In this collection of short stories, author Katrina Parker Williams presents a poignant look at the experiences of African-Americans living in the South over the past 150 years.
These fictional accounts are deeply rooted in history. They relate the harsh realities of slavery, segregation and racism, and the tireless spirit of the people who have fought to overcome them.
This book is free on 4/24 and 4/25.
Katrina Parker Williams
Katrina Parker Williams is an English professor at a community college. In addition to Trouble Down South, she is the author of a fictional novel and many published articles.
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If you like Robert Ludlum and Clive Cussler, meet the book that combines the best of the two into one thoroughly enjoyable and exciting thriller.
Albert Ross’ life isn’t great. He’s lazy and dishonest, he smokes too much and drinks too much and isn’t particularly nice. He has a ho-hum job at the State Department in Panama.
But that all changes when a dangerous and violent scheme rips through Al’s lackluster life, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake.
Free on 4/24 & 4/25.
“Captain” Russell lives on the Pacific coast of Mexico, where he spends his days writing, fishing, drinking tequila, and playing with his dogs.
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We are giving away 2 copies of the New York Times Bestseller The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks for Nook, Kindle or iPad
To enter to win this wonderful book, enter below. Winners will be chosen on Monday April 30th.
In his 14th book, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks tells the unforgettable story of a man whose brushes with death lead him to the love of his life.
Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks’s new novel believes he’s found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he’s never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories only a master such as Sparks can write.
An absolutely delightful, amusing, romantic well-written story.
Pendleton can’t believe his ears. He took this new job hoping to make money, not marry into it. But if runaway heiress Kit McClellan doesn’t agree to enter into wedded bliss soon, the entire family fortune could be willed to the homeless pets of Louisville. Someone has to find Kit and bring her back as his fiancée–and his boss is telling Pendleton he’s just the man for the job.
Trouble is, Kit doesn’t give two hoots about her fortune–she’s looking for love…the sweep-you-off-your-feet kind of passion she’s never had before. When Pendleton comes striding into her life–sexy, attractive, and oh-so-handsome in his business suit–her heart tells her she’s finally found Mr. Right. But what if her heart is steering her wrong?
A wonderfully funny and strange book!
Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that’s what her cards tell her and they’ve never been wrong. She’s evicted from her apartment, loses her job and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right.
Suddenly, an aunt she’s never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She’s still one pissed-off old lady, even post-mortem, and she blames Mara’s magical meddling for her death.
When Mara accidentally releases a demon and awakens the spirit of the most powerful witch in history, Tillie’s ready to kill her — literally. It’s the only way she can think of to save the girl from herself. The witch and the demon, however, have other plans for Mara’s body!
In the southern tradition of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, the author explores the depths of the human heart and spirit.
Set in rural Georgia in the 1960s, BREAKING TWIG is a coming-of-age novel about Becky (Twig) Cooper, a young woman trying to survive the physical and emotional abuse of her mother, Helen, a beautiful, calculating woman who can, with a mere look, send the meanest cur in Sugardale, Georgia running for its life.
Not even Twig’s vivid imagination, keen wit, and dark sense of humor is enough to help her survive the escalating assaults of Helen and a new stepbrother, but help comes from an unexpected source–Frank, her stepfather. Sometimes, having one person who loves and believes in you is all a girl needs to keep hope alive.
Often raw and irreverent and sprinkled with all the Southern flavoring found in a good bowl of chicken and dumplings, BREAKING TWIG, is about finding love where we least expect it, destroying lives with easy lies, and realizing each of us determine our own truth.
This book is free on 3/18 and 4/22.
We sat down with Wendi Adelson, author of This is Our Story, a newly released book about Rosa and Mila, two young women from different countries who become victims of human trafficking when unwittingly duped into domestic servitude and commercial sexual exploitation in the American Southeast.
Why did you write this book?
I sat down one day to write a law review article about a nuanced aspect of immigration law, and I paused, exhaled deeply, and stopped typing. I thought, “I don’t want to write this.” What I wanted to write, instead, were my clients’ stories. I wanted people to know that human trafficking isn’t something that only happens in other countries, that victims of trafficking are nothing like the scenes portrayed in the movie Taken, and that the realities of trafficking extend far beyond the kicking down of a brothel door. I wanted to describe the universal vulnerabilities that lead to trafficking (like poverty and abuse), and to have my clients tell their own stories, from their own perspectives. I also wanted to tell the story of the public interest lawyer, because I feel like that voice is mostly absent from contemporary fiction. I wanted people to know what it meant to search for justice for your clients, and to assist them with life after trafficking.
What inspired you to write?
My clients. As a humanitarian immigration lawyer, I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t the only person who had the chance to meet them, to know their strength, their pain, their joy, and their resilience. I wanted their stories to mean something, to reach more people.
Where is your favorite place to write?
Black Dog. It’s an independent coffee shop located next to Lake Ella close to my home in Northern Florida. They have local homemade ice cream, super nice staff, and most unfortunate-looking ducks. It’s perfect.
How long did it take you to finish the book?
About three years. I finished the last round of edits right before my first child Benjamin was born.
What is the last book you read that you loved?
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. I mean, wow.
Which authors do you admire ?
Tell us a little about you?
I spend my days directing a law school-based legal clinic, trying to make people laugh, and doing my best to be a good friend/daughter/sister/mother/wife to the people in my life. I like to salsa dance, to make hearty soups, and to do silly things that make good stories later on.
What product can you not live without?
Toothpaste. I love brushing my teeth. So minty!
Where is your favorite place to shop?
Target. I have two young kids, so Target is pretty much where it’s at these days.
Who on your music playlist these days?
Most of the time I delude myself into thinking I am still the same age as my law students. And then, we take an 8 hour car trip to immigration court and I discover that they find 80’s music “like, so fun” and want to talk about dancing to Counting Crows in kindergarten. My almost three year old son asked me to put Karma Chameleon on the radio yesterday. I told him that I don’t have that kind of power. He suggested Aimee Mann’s Eye to Eye instead. Oh, my sweet son: Your mother needs an update.
An engaging and fabulous fantasy!
Sheltered from the outside world with no hope for escape, slave girl Reychel dreads her fifteenth birthday – when her master’s symbol is burned on the back of her bald scalp. Her best friend disappears the night before, leaving her to face the branding ceremony alone. She soon discovers nothing is as it seems when people desperate for freedom beg for Reychel’s help.
Can Reychel learn to believe in herself?
This book is free on 4/22.
Equal parts mystery and thriller… shows the darker side of politics!
There are approximately one-hundred-and-sixty million women living in America. This is a story of just one woman. As the story unfolds Linda gradually learns that some people do deserve to die, but that she is not one of those people.
Linda Darby is a seven-year divorcee, living quietly in a small let-the-world-go-by beach town on the coast of Oregon, who day trades for a living.
Linda doesn’t date local men. When her celibacy grows intolerable, she visits nearby towns to frequent the watering holes of successful men. Her motto: No relationships. No second dates. No use of her real name during one-night stands.
Then one evening, Linda goes for a walk and nothing for her is ever the same. She is dragged into an alley by two men, but saved by a third, a stranger who disappears as suddenly as he appeared. The next day she finds out the two men in the alley had been killed, the town’s first murders ever.
In the days that follow, events stretching all the way to the nation’s capital change who Linda is, what she thinks, and how she will live the rest of her life.
This book is free on 4/21 and 4/22.
A regular Sherlock Bones!
Lovable black lab Taser has finally found a safe and loving home. He loves his new family and life in Arizona, but when a murdered is murdered just up the street, Taser faces a tough new obstacle: either find the killer, or go back to the pound.
The Young Adult version, “A Howl at Midnight,” is also free today!
A fun version of JK Brandon’s A Howl at Midnight written especially for young adult readers.
A Howl in the Night has its own website, complete with a doggie-cam video. Puppy lovers, check it out! http://www.ahowlinthenight.com
JK Brandon is the author of several mystery/ thriller novels and stories. His passions are writing, long-range rifle competition and motorcycling. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his patient wife and spunky labs.