The Truth Beneath the Roses is a work of nonfiction writing that flows to tell the stories of my journey and experiences as well as people I've met along the road. Some explained in delicate, intricate details, others are rough-raw and edgy and even more are just blunt-straight to the point statements. Narratives, dramatic play acts, and poems of family, love, betrayal, lust, joy, shame and all of life issues that fall within
Jean Whalen’s colorful life spans over nine decades—and nine children. She spent the years of her childhood struggling through the Depression in the American Midwest. She lived through the terror of World War II and eventually saw the dawn of a new century. Through it all, she chronicled her life in verse. The Poetry of Jean Whalen: Book One gives voice to the timeless human truths of perseverance, faith, and love. “The Cow” is a little girl’s observation of the big world from her view on the farm. She entertains her young life as a romantic in “Tall Trouble.” Gentle humor brings grace to “The Hunter” and “A Little Mixed Up.” Whalen embraces life’s lighter moments, despite the darkness that lingers along its edges. Her words bring inspiration to the lost and despairing, and pain is captured by beauty. Whalen has spent her life encouraging and inspiring those around her, driven by a desire to contribute to the lives of others. Her ninety years of experience speak volumes through poetry and bring effervescent light to the dark.
Mystery, suspense and romance flourish against a backdrop of Civil War turmoil and ancestral strife--where immortality infiltrates the ancient air breathed by all who inhabit Overhome Estate. Ashby Overton has everything to look forward to, including a promising writing career and her wedding at summer’s end. But, Overhome, her beloved historic family estate in Southern Virginia, is in financial peril and it is up to Ashby to find a solution. Interfering with Ashby’s plans is a dark paranormal force that thwarts her every effort to save Overhome. Supernatural attacks emanate from an old stone cottage on the property rumored to be a slave overseer’s abode, prior to the Civil War. As the violence escalates, Ashby begins to fear for her life. Who is this angry spirit and why is his fury focused on her?
A story of the famed Thomas Jefferson Beale ciphers that has been aired on national TV by the news media, various programs, and can be reviewed on the Internet is given renewed attention. Three sets of numbers are in the code, and until recent years, only paper number 2 had been deciphered. However, a new story emerges in the deciphered papers 1 and 3. It is the journal of Gilbert Bean, a young Scottish minister living in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Mystery Beneath the Baneberry Bush is the story of this frontier and enterprising Bean family based on the journal. During the American Revolution, Gilbert Bean served in the Rawlings Regiment under Capt. Thomas Beal, founder of Cumberland, Maryland. Gilbert, Beau he was often called, made an effort to destroy all his personal public records, but his records from the National Archives state that he deserted. Did he desert the very cause that he was fighting for? Why was it necessary to code his journal? What is the strange “ark” Bet Bean stole from a British boat? Is there a treasure trove in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, more precious than silver and gold that will shock America?
It’s those silly dreams that keep us alive. Freya won’t let anything stand in the way of her dreams—not even her death. Now her family will need to uncover the clues to her secrets before it’s too late. Discover how Freya’s hope heals grief in this heartbreaking tale of triumph.
A volume of poignant recollections by one of Canada's most celebrated poets, Small Beneath the Sky is a tender, unsparing portrait of a family and a place. Lorna Crozier vividly depicts her hometown of Swift Current, with its one main street, two high schools, and three beer parlors—where her father spent most of his evenings. She writes unflinchingly about the grief and shame caused by poverty and alcoholism. At the heart of the book is Crozier's fierce love for her mother, Peggy. The narratives of daily life—sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking—are interspersed with prose poems. Lorna Crozier approaches the past with a tactile sense of discovery, tracing her beginnings with a poet's precision and an open heart. Also available in hardcover.
As a reckless teenager, Colby Malone made a catastrophic mistake. One he's regretted every day since. So when Hayley Watson—the woman he's never forgotten—returns to sell her family's vineyard, he seizes the opportunity to make amends. But she's not making this easy for him. Hayley wants nothing to do with him or Sonoma, California. And the intense attraction between them? Yeah, she's ready to ignore that, too. Colby must convince her to take a chance on him…on them. And what better place to do that than the land that sparked all their dreams of a future together?
Translated by Edward Fitzgerald and Illustrated by Austin P. Torney
Author: Edward FitzGerald
Publisher: Austin Patrick Torney
8x10 edition. All 114 quatrains are presented via a merge of the first four editions of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward FitzGerald, and illustrated and arranged by Austin P. Torney.The 80+ illustrations, all in color, are a mixture of ancient and modern styles, ranging from Austin's own nature compositions to his enhancement of engravings and drawings obtained from very old books. New sections added on a transmogrification story, a poetic tribute to Omar Khayyam, the Titanic's 'Great Omar' story, colorizations of Edmund Sullivan's b/w illustrations, a new calendar, and more.Austin has also written and published his own invention of about 650 quatrains in 'Austin's Rubaiyat'.This publication celebrates the nearly two hundred years since Edward FitzGerald was born.
Advance your basic skills or offer valuable training to apprentice designers with our latest volume, which is filled with techniques and how-to's to inspire you and help you excel at the art of flower arranging. Industry veteran Teresa P. Lanker, who for more than 20 years has taught floral design and marketing at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, shares her expertise as author of this definitive guide. The design methods featured have proven especially successful among floral design students with little or no expertise. Flower recipes and step-by-step instructions walk you through the basics, and variations show you how to expand on your knowledge with more advanced designs. We've also included entire chapters on proper packaging of flowers, working with balloons and creating a perfect commercial display. A comprehensive flower glossary and care and handling appendix help you choose and condition flowers for optimal use. With more than 500 photos, this book leads you through every step in the process with easy-to-follow how-to's. Learn the tips and tricks of the floral trade, and master the fundamentals of floral design, all while working through the lessons at your own pace.
THE STICK TURNED (ROYAL) BLUE… And now the princess is in a pickle. Because the night that Genevra Bravo-Calabretti and the new Earl of Hartmore, Rafael DeValery, turned to each other, it was for comfort upon the death of his brother—the man who was about to propose to Genny. It was not supposed to change their lives forever. But it had. For Rafe, it cemented his awareness that he'd been in love with Genevra since forever. And for Genny, it made her realize that Rafe was not the second-chance brother, but the one who'd held her heart all along…now all she had to do was convince him of that. Hopefully before the new heir(ess?) to the estate arrived…
Stories Told in Whispers tells of a slave named Bob and his free wife. It's a story of love, tradition, and the great moral testing of America and the system of slavery. Bob is a Baptist preacher and a horse trainer living on the plantation called White Oak. He is owned by Henry Koger. In 1810, after marrying Marie, they were forced to become runaways. Alone and vulnerable, their difficult journey to Ohio leads them through the rugged mountains of Kentucky and Virginia. The journey tests their strength, their courage, and their faith. Along the way they discover a loosely knit organization of people who are willing to offer aid and share the risks for the cause of freedom. The coalition is made up of the many Christians who operate the shadowy Underground Railroad. This book gives you a taste of the antebellum south, as well as glimmer of the grass root forces that formed the America of today. It is testimony to the many unsung heroes of the elusive Freedom Train and its ghostly riders.
Ever since almost exactly a hundred years ago the Grimms produced their Fairy Tale Book, folk-lorists have been engaged in making similar collections for all the other countries of Europe, outside Germany, till there is scarcely a nook or a corner in the whole continent that has not been ransacked for these products of the popular fancy. The Grimms themselves and most of their followers have pointed out the similarity or, one might even say, the identity of plot and incident of many of these tales throughout the European Folk-Lore field. Von Hahn, when collecting the Greek and Albanian Fairy Tales in 1864, brought together these common formul of the European Folk-Tale. These were supplemented by Mr. S. Baring-Gould in 1868, and I myself in 1892 contributed an even fuller list to the Hand Book of Folk-Lore. Most, if not all of these formul, have been found in all the countries of Europe where folk-tales have been collected. In 1893 Miss M. Roalfe Cox brought together, in a volume of the Folk-Lore Society, no less than 345 variants of Cinderella and kindred stories showing how widespread this particular formula was throughout Europe and how substantially identical the various incidents as reproduced in each particular country. It has occurred to me that it would be of great interest and, for folk-lore purposes, of no little importance, to bring together these common Folk-Tales of Europe, retold in such a way as to bring out the original form from which all the variants were derived. I am, of course, aware of the difficulty and hazardous nature of such a proceeding; yet it is fundamentally the same as that by which scholars are accustomed to restore the Ur-text from the variants of different families of MSS. and still more similar to the process by which Higher Critics attempt to restore the original narratives of Holy Writ. Every one who has had to tell fairy tales to children will appreciate the conservative tendencies of the child mind; every time you vary an incident the children will cry out, That was not the way you told us before.? The Folk-Tale collections can therefore be assumed to retain the original readings with as much fidelity as most MSS. That there was such an original rendering eminating from a single folk artist no serious student of Miss Cox's volume can well doubt. When one finds practically the same ?tags? of verse in such different dialects as Danish and Romaic, German and Italian, one cannot imagine that these sprang up independently in Denmark, Greece, Germany, and Florence. The same phenomenon is shown in another field of Folk-Lore where, as the late Mr. Newell showed, the same rhymes are used to brighten up the same children?s games in Barcelona and in Boston; one cannot imagine them springing up independently in both places. So, too, when the same incidents of a fairy tale follow in the same artistic concatenation in Scotland, and in Sicily, in Brittany, and in Albania, one cannot but assume that the original form of the story was hit upon by one definite literary artist among the folk. What I have attempted to do in this book is to restore the original form, which by a sort of international selection has spread throughout all the European folks.
The beautiful Averil is heir to the Duchy of Quitaine, in the Kingdom of Lys. She is a powerful mage, trained by the Ladies of the Isle, but when her father calls her home to take up her duties, she must leave that life behind. In her city of Fontevrai, she meets Gereint, raised as a common villager but greatly gifted in magic, a novice of the magical order of the Knights of the Rose. The Knights and their sister order, the Ladies of the Isle, defend a great secret: the means and location of the Serpent's imprisonment a thousand years ago by the Young God in whose name their order was founded. Quitaine is under subtle attack by the King of Lys, who has secretly become an adept of the hidden order of the Serpent, and he will let nothing and no one stand in the way of his quest to discover how to free his God. But the Knights of the Rose, and the Ladies of the Isle believe that if the Serpent is freed, the world will be enslaved to chaos: humanity will destroy itself, and all that man has made will be corrupted. The War of the Rose and Serpent has begun again, after a thousand years. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.