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Walks With Sam
During a summer of hiking, the author finds that it is his beloved pet that allows him to awaken to a new spirit of mindfulness.
A man, his dog, and a long walk can lead to unexpected discoveries. In the tradition of many literary walkers, David W. Berner sets out on foot hoping to reexamine his life, look back and forward, and most importantly, through the help of his young dog, Sam, try to find harmony in new beginnings and the uncertainties of the present.
In a series of chapters, each dedicated to one walk during a summer of hiking, the author finds that it is his beloved pet that allows him to awaken to a new spirit of mindfulness, finding beauty, wonder, and comfort in the ordinary, and to see a life, a neighborhood, and even a country with brand new eyes.
'With gentle humor and brilliant musings, both past and present, Walks With Sam has the charm and the innate truthfulness that some find in a work of art, a daily quest tinged with wonder and mystery with each forward step.'
L.B.Johnson, author of The Book of Barkley.
When Thinking is the Screaming of the Soul
At the heart of this non-story is an unforgivable family secret from generations past. It's none of your business, but go on, have a peek, you cheeky bastard.
In this incomparably brilliant and timeless masterpiece of unrelenting cruelty, two unhappy souls; restless, tormented Rebecca and the harmless mediocrity, McGeeee, find themselves caught in an infinite regress of shifting identities and memories.
Rebecca seeks transcendence, an escape from a life she does not know how to live. McGeeee, meanwhile, seems to have no self to speak of, wandering from situation to situation without a sense of purpose. Their relationship has multiple origins, infinite endings and no conclusion.
A programmer invents software to forestall dementia, but risks turning a whole generation into 'glitches'.
Can the digital networks that record our footprints hold us steady when dementia threatens to push us off the path?
This question has real stakes for data analyst Charlie Sanders. His best hope for a father succumbing to Alzheimer’s comes from assistive technology that Charlie helps design for a scrappy startup. Despite early successes, Charlie has growing doubts about the motives of each of his colleagues - the eccentric CEO in Seattle, the call center guru in India, and the Trump-loving Aussie transplant who keeps the books. His worries grow when the company takes on a clandestine client who occupies the Oval Office. Will Charlie keep his father and his country on track, or turn a whole generation into glitches?
What Love Feels Like
Lucas' brain is uploaded into his partner's computer before he dies, part of an experiment for which he volunteered, but never told Dawn about. Given a second chance, the lovers embark on a journey of discovery...
Told through their letters, the storybook romance of Lucas and Dawn unfolds in a unique love story which began as a simple post on a dating website, and evolves into an extraordinary relationship that extends beyond Lucas’ death.
Given a second chance through a secret government agency, Luke’s consciousness is preserved, and the lovers embark on a journey of discovery as they explore the meaning of life, hope, courage and, above all, What Love Feels Like.
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A roleplaying group expels a member who seeks revenge through a cynical game of his own making.
Dungeon Party links a fantasy world and the people playing in it.
When longstanding personality conflicts erupt, the volatile Randall Keller secedes from Alan Crandall’s gaming group. In pursuit of a coveted prize at an upcoming convention, Alan replaces Randall with two female recruits who reinvigorate the campaign.
Randall chooses a darker path by spreading infectious cynicism through the gaming community while plotting his revenge. When the Middle Mirth convention gets underway, Alan's group must stop Randall and his avatar before they devastate worlds both fictional and real.
Burn, Beautiful Soul
Basil the demon king, regretful of the atrocities he has committed to maintain his hold on power in his underground kingdom, absconds to the Earth's surface. Living among humans, he quickly learns that Hell is a state of mind...
Basil the demon king has come to a crossroads. He has grown tired of life underground and regretful of the atrocities he has committed to maintain his hold on power. Wanderlust leads him to the surface, to live freely among humans. Considering the state of the world, most humans seem unfazed by his arrival - but not all. A religious zealot with murderous intentions and a vengeful biker gang seek his end.
Meanwhile, Basil must contend with two internal forces: the disturbing dreams that suggest he once walked the earth as a human; and the pull of the underworld, drawing him back to deal with the troubles he left behind - namely, a cunning foe who craves the throne, a monstrous kraken, and an ancient evil as cold and dark as the soil.
'Burn, Beautiful Soul is The Wizard of Oz with a demon Dorothy... It is a loving but unsentimental dissection of America and its people. It is a story you will never forget.'
John Schoffstall, author of Half-Witch
The Wanderers on Earth
Wanderers from the fifth dimension are now incarnate on Earth in the third dimension as 21 year old humans. Reuniting with with their twin flames, they must work through a virtual reality game and battle the dark lords, to prevent disaster.
As this second book opens, the wanderers from the fifth dimension are now incarnate on Earth in the third dimension as 21 year old humans living around the world - in Moscow, New York, London, Tehran, Mumbai, Dublin, Tokyo, and Jerusalem. Growing up they have each had many strange encounters with the dark side, and now suspect they are not from this time and place.
When they wake up, they reunite with their twin flames, and remember who they are and why they incarnated. Once awake, they work through a virtual reality game called Fifth Dimension, travelling to hot spots around the world and battle the dark lords to prevent disaster.
The second volume in the Mission From Venus saga by Susan Plunket.
She should have known Lutz would never let her go so easily.... After a chance roadside meeting, Kaitlyn Brecker's jealous ex-boyfriend pursues her into the Appalachian foothills, revealing the monster under his skin for the first time.
Kait’s volcanic temper has already scared most of her friends away, and a bad breakup with her college boyfriend Lutz has left her crippled by guilt and painful memories. So, when she learns that her best friend Alice is planning a three-day sabbatical in a secluded mountain cabin, Kait jumps at the chance to tag along, convinced that rekindling their fractured friendship is the key to fixing whatever’s breaking down inside of her.
She should have known… Lutz would never let her go so easily.
After a chance roadside meeting, Kait’s jealous ex-boyfriend pursues her into the foothills, revealing the monster under his skin for the first time: a body-snatching inhuman entity capable of assimilating and adopting the guise of any human host. Lutz is determined to prove his twisted love to Kait, even if it means carving his monument to his devotion in the pilfered flesh of her closest friends. Now, with miles of snow-hushed Appalachia between them and civilization, Kait must unite her friends against this horrifying threat, and learn to embrace her own inner monster, before the shadows of her past swallow up her life for good.
Where Madness Lies
A story about the high price of repression, and how one woman, who lost nearly everything, must be willing to reveal the failures of the past in order to save future generations.
Germany, 1934. Rigmor, a young Jewish woman is a patient at Sonnenstein, a premier psychiatric institution known for their curative treatments. But with the tide of eugenics and the Nazis’ rise to power, Rigmor is swept up in a campaign to rid Germany of the mentally ill.
USA, 1984. Sabine, battling crippling panic and depression commits herself to McLean Hospital, but in doing so she has unwittingly agreed to give up her baby.
Linking these two generations of women is Inga, who did everything in her power to help her sister, Rigmor. Now with her granddaughter, Sabine, Inga is given a second chance to free someone she loves from oppressive forces, both within and without.
This is a story about hope and redemption, about what we pass on, both genetically and culturally. It is about the high price of repression, and how one woman, who lost nearly everything, must be willing to reveal the failures of the past in order to save future generations.
With chilling echoes of our time, Where Madness Lies is based on a true story of the author’s own family.
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