It's Christmas Eve 1920 when nine year old Abby Kirby's family is ripped apart by a terrible tragedy. Leaving everything she's ever known, Abby takes her younger brother and runs away to a tough, hard existence in the Border farming community. Years pass. Abby becomes a beautiful young woman and falls in love, but her past haunts her, casting dark shadows. Furthermore, in the very place she's taken refuge there is one who wishes her harm. With her heart broken, Abby decides to make a new life as a nurse. When WW2 begins, she volunteers as a QA and is sent overseas. However, life takes another unexpected and dangerous turn when she becomes a prisoner of the Japanese. It is then that Abby realizes whatever has gone before is nothing compared to what lies ahead ...
Sunrise in the Mirror is a collection of seven short stories. The Black Fedora and Awaken Sumira provide a view of life in a modern African-American ghetto, while The Spirit of Santiago peeks into the impoverished life of a family living through hardships in a Brazilian favela. Gershon looks back to the 1970's, exposing the fragile interactions between two families, one black and the other white, during the days when racial integration was still a new idea to inhabitants of the rural deep south. The Haint mixes a monster folk tale with the plight of an American Indian orphan named Sploon. The surreal Flames is a take on the burgeoning pharmaceutical industry and its often insidious effects on society when human ego and greed are added to the mix. The fast moving Serpenta is a fantasy that peeks into a future where religion has been eliminated and global government has morphed into a giant control grid run by a ruthless regime that executes anyone who does not comply to its rules.
In this poetic masterpiece, reminiscent of Dantes great epic, Ian Mills has achieved a cross-genre tour de force that is revolutionary, compelling and inspirational. The arguments he unfolds for what we need to do for our own personal happiness and for our global survival are both logically and emotionally incontestable.
1812: The Great Retreat – the third and final volume in Austin’s magisterial trilogy – concludes the story of one of history’s most disastrous campaigns. The author's previous books brought the Grand Army to the head-on battle at Malo-Jaroslavetz after withdrawing sixty miles from the burnt down capital, and for the first time in his meteoric career Napoleon had to order a retreat. This volume follows the army's withdrawal through 800 miles of devastated countryside, crossing the horrific relics of the Borodino battlefield, fighting its way through the Russian General Kutusov's successive attempts to cut it off, and winning, against overwhelming odds, the three-day battle of the Berezina crossing. First-hand narratives, many published in English for the first time, describe Marshal Ney's astounding achievement in holding together the rear-guard until he himself, musket in hand, was the last man to re-cross the Niemen into Poland. Using the words of the participants themselves, Paul Britten Austin brings unparalleled authenticity and immediacy to his unique account of the closing stages of Napoleon's dramatic and tragic 1812 campaign.
Amber Jewel had no idea she was placing her life on the line or that her world would never be the same as she was escorted past the US Department of State security teams and into the grand, flag-draped lobby. The two men who watched from above in a hidden security chamber reached for their hotline. “She’s here!”
Lucca Montale, a 32-year-old Danish actress, is rushed into hospital after a motor accident. She is severely injured after a head-on collision with a lorry. Robert, the doctor responsible for treating her, is obliged to break the news that she may never see again. Robert and Lucca are both suffering the after-effects of love. He has sought refuge in controlled resignation since his divorce. She has rushed into dramatic, desperate acts. Grndahl masterfully deploys a dual narrative, switching with astounding insight between the stories that the two protagonists relate to each other.
It's a cold, snowy December in the upstate New York town of Millers Kill, and newly ordained Clare Fergusson is on thin ice as the first female priest of its small Episcopal church. The ancient regime running the parish covertly demands that she prove herself as a leader. However, her blunt manner, honed by years as an army pilot, is meeting with a chilly reception from some members of her congregation and Chief of Police Russ Van Alystyne, in particular, doesn't know what to make of her, or how to address "a lady priest" for that matter. The last thing she needs is trouble, but that is exactly what she finds. When a newborn baby is abandoned on the church stairs and a young mother is brutally murdered, Clare has to pick her way through the secrets and silence that shadow that town like the ever-present Adirondack mountains. As the days dwindle down and the attraction between the avowed priest and the married police chief grows, Clare will need all her faith, tenacity, and courage to stand fast against a killer's icy heart. In the Bleak Midwinter is one of the most outstanding Malice Domestic winners the contest has seen. The compelling atmosphere-the kind of very cold and snowy winter that is typical of upstate New York-will make you reach for another sweater. The characters are fully and believably drawn and you will feel like they are your old friends and find yourself rooting for them every step of the way.
The Author In Romen Basu Actualizes A Rare Order Of Awareness In His Verses. A Multi-Universe Of Experience Is Indeed Reflected In His Words. The Poet In Him Is Often All Praise And Obsessed With The Symbol Of The Heart'S Ascent. His Words Are Quietly Recharged With An Unusual, Confiding Intimacy, As Well As Firmly Expressed Intensity. Even Then The Usual Struggle Of A Poet With His Demon Is Nowhere Evident In Any Of His Verses. By And Large They Express The Moment When He Has Passed Through Diurnal Uncertainty Into The Region Of Peace And Wherein Everything Has As If Miraculously Become As Clear As Sparkling Crystal Washed By Torrents Of Snowflakes Into Dazzling Purity. Thus, One Of The Salient Features Of His Speech Is Its Psychic Atmosphere. The Secret Of The Work Lies In Its Underlying Themes, Whose Framework Is Imagined No Matter Which Way Any Of The Verses Have Been Individually Written. Thus They Invariably Retain The Atmosphere Of Life'S Sacred Mystery Of Us. It Is Usual For The Average Poet To Dig Out Things From A Soil That Is The Common Property Of Everyone. With Basu Matters Are A Little Different. His Implicit Messages Are Pregnant With Hints To Inner Culture. The Unity Of His Work, As Novelist And Poet, Is The Unity Of His Basic Moral Passion. His Poems Are Means Of Reuniting Him With Himself.