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The Gateway tells the story of a beautiful but mysterious house in the mountains. It is infested with demons, which got in when the original owner committed suicide by diving from the stair landing and smashing in his head on the floor, thus opening a gateway to a nether region of evil. The Hawthorne family, who buy the house from the estate, have to learn to live with the demons without breaking any of their rules, for fear of death or worse.
Nell, the youngest child, learns at an early age about the actual gateway. However, the little statue of Pan in her mother’s garden, who may or may not be in league with the demons, seems to protect her from their worse depredations. Nell grows up and marries Rick, an engineer with an oil company. They move into the Barn, an old carriage house down the hill from the Gateway. Eventually, over Rick’s horrified objections, they have to move into the Gateway. Because of difficult circumstances after Rick’s death, Nell finds she has to sell the house that she loves so much. The demons wreak their rage and retribution on the hateful man who buys it.
Cynthia Delafield spent summers at the Gateway. She was aware of its other occupants at an early age. Most events are exaggerated and much is fiction. She wrote the book after the buyer of her house in Riverdale, NY, painted the rare red gum wood paneling in the living room white. She has been a painter, actress, guide on trips to China, pastry chef and caterer, owner of a B&B and dolphin researcher, which prompted her first book, “my Dear Dolphin”, a diary about some dolphins and her four children, published under her married name, Cynthia de Narvaez.
For Jesse Riddle, time had brought too much change. Caught between the excitement of life on Harrison Avenue and his commitment to the Lord, it was time to decide. Work in the mines had exposed him to a new world of hard living and excitement. He knew the direction his life was taking was hurting his preacher-father, and he could not let that go on. As a boy, the church had been the center of his life. Now, he was being drawn to the exciting life that could be found in the saloons. Soon, he gained a reputation as a man to stand aside for on the Avenue. Yet, he could not shake the commitment he had made to the Lord. He needed to get away for a while where he could think. The mountains had always been his place of sanctuary. Would he find the answers there?
About the author:
All of my youth was spent dreaming of a land called Colorado. My life began in Iowa and from that perspective, it was hard to imagine what it would be like to live in a world so different from the one I knew. I was 29 before I got my chance and for the next 40 years, I worked and played in those magnificent mountains. I discovered a land of high places and vast expanses of wilderness. I visited the old mining camps and sought out the history of the colorful people that lived in those places so long ago. In so doing, I discovered a world of high adventure and larger than life characters that created an empire of freedom and opportunity like the world has never seen. I decided to put some stories together that closely paralleled the actual history of those places from a Christian perspective.$13.35 Select options
The Green Vial, the crackling new techno-thriller from Nicholas Orsini, is about a dedicated and highly professional government scientist who gets drawn into a terrorist plot. It all starts with a deadly earthquake in the Iranian desert. Dr. Roger Rogers, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and his attractive graduate assistant, Teresa Marchetti, team up to lead an on-site investigation to gather scientific data from the region for their research studies. In Iran, the two meet their Iranian counterparts and Bjorn Arnarson, a Norwegian science attaché. All goes well until they are forced to make an emergency landing in a restricted biological-weapons development area and are taken into custody. While in confinement, a disillusioned member of an underground faction tells Rogers about the plot and attempt to extort millions of dollars from the U.S. government under threat of dumping anthrax bacterium into the water supplies of several major cities. With literally millions of lives at stake, Dr. Rogers finds himself confronting unimaginable challenges. What follows a dramatic escape via the Afghani border, a detour to Norway (where additional threads in the case are unraveled), and, ultimately, the involvement of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the U.S. President himself reveals Orsini as a master of suspense a worthy and welcome heir to the tradition that includes Patricia Highsmith, Graham Greene, and John le Carre.
A graduate of Colgate University, NICHOLAS ORSINI grew up in South Glens Falls, New York. He served in the Air Force for twenty-four years, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His work on the Vela Uniform program, detecting underground nuclear explosions and differentiating them from earthquakes, took him to countries in Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, the South Pacific, and Antarctica. He was a Chief of the Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory and managed a program to build and install seismic stations in Africa and South America. As a licensed private pilot, he managed to log over 800 hours of flying time; he has also traveled more than 70,000 miles on six different motorcycles.$13.78 Select options
A woman is found floating on a rubber raft at sea, beaten half to death and comatose. She awakens from her coma with no recollection of who she is and what had happened to her. But after marrying the lawyer who was made to be her legal guardian, she begins to have flashbacks of her past.
Suddenly, two men appeared; both are claiming to be her CIA partner. And both of them are claiming that the other is a Russian agent trying to discover where she hid something of high importance.
Who is she going to believe?$2.99–$14.40 Select options
“Ms. Callahan offers a delightful and surprising story blend of history and fantasy set both long, long ago and also not quite so far away. Be sure to find a comfy chair before settling in with Cassie and Micah. Once you open the book, you won’t want to leave till it’s finished.”
– Sandra Byrd, author of the best-selling Secret Sisters series.
A misfit. An unlikely friend. A journey through a reality shattered by the tragedies of WWII. A discovery of a world beyond the pain of her own with the power to come out of the shadows and into a role that is hers alone. A battle between two worlds – will it always be one or the other_ Poverty or royalty; weakness or bravery; who she is or who she wants to be? Can this Misfit, united with another, find a way for their dreams to become reality? Or will their dreams remain just that…a figment of their imagination?
About the author:
KARRIS CALLAHAN a young adult author and mentor who helps misfits embrace their differences and find their unique identity. Ever since she was young Karris has never been satisfied with the ordinary, leading her on many adventures in the process of pursuing studies and exploring her interests. She refuses to settle for anything less then to dream big dreams and is happiest while using her creativity to tell stories of all shape, size and form. Her deepest desire is to help others find their own voice and story in the midst of a world that has silenced many.
Beneath the finished work of a painting lies the brush strokes of life – seemingly random splashes of color dashed against a white backdrop. Therein lies the life of a young woman and her new-found friend in the woods. Both escaping for vastly different reasons. As Charlotte’s life is brought forth onto the canvas, Royal steps into the scene mesmerized and challenged by Charlotte’s quiet manner and is haunted by her memory. All of which seem to be captured upon the canvas of the Painter – a mysterious man who appears in the most unlikely places. He ultimately captures their spirit upon his final masterpiece of the Hammer and the Anvil.
Elizabeth was born in Calgary Alberta and grew up on the plains of Montana. She now resides in Spokane WA with her husband, two daughters and their Jack Russell. As a graduate of Montana State University-Bozeman in accounting, she works at her husband’s CPA firm. When not writing, she participates in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with her daughters.$16.99–$37.25 Select options
Two children are about to discover the greatest lesson in life.
After a nice bike ride, Gilbert and Jade seek shelter in an ancient abbey. And that’s how they met the ghost who’s been haunting the place.
Now, are you brave enough to join their adventure?$9.20 Select options
Coming to terms with the worse possible circumstances of life is a slow, painful and terrifying process.
A woman is viscously beaten and left for dead. Waking up in a hospital a year later, she has to navigate through her fears, confusion and uncertainty of the future.
She is reunited with her children and bullied into using new abilities to find and help heal victims of human depravities by members of a secret international law enforcement unit.
The victims she and her counterpart locate are rescued but not all have their happy endings. Life is not always fair.
Robin Anderson was born in Albany, NY, served in the US Army for five years as a calibration specialist, and worked with a major tax preparation organization for sixteen years. Robin and her husband, along with one of their 8 grandchildren now live in NC on a small hobby farm. They have five children now grown and scattered. She works now as a volunteer and is active in her church. The Healer is the second in a series that started with The Ripple Effect.$2.99–$19.99 Select options
“The author captures the raw emotional journeys of the Crockett family and their closest friends, the Willinghams. They all desperately beckon normalcy to return in the wake of tragedy, the death of Navy SEAL, Travis Crockett. The author has a keen ability of helping the readers feel as if they are physically a part of the story. Written in such a clever, rhythmic cadence, most readers will not be able to put this book down until the last page has been read.”
– Clarissa Douthit, The US Review of Books
RECOMMENDED by the US Review
The Healing follows the events of a weekend as Navy Chaplain, Charles Willingham and his wife Teresa renew their old friendship with the Crockett family. The Chaplain had the reluctant task a year earlier of telling the family about the tragic death of their oldest son Travis while he was on a mission in Afghanistan with his Navy SEAL platoon. The unexpected appearance of Clay Lucas, the platoon leader of the SEAL team that Travis was a part of, leads to many memories of everyone’s relationship with Travis and each other and how the family is coping with their loss.
MARC HARDAGE lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with his wife of forty years, Janet. They have three sons, Seth, Ty and Colt. They have two grandsons, Hudson and Ezra. Marc is a regional marketing director for 5Star Life Insurance Company and has been in the insurance business for over thirty years.$16.99–$29.99 Select options
Peopled with remarkable and varied characters, the plot of The House on Shadow Lane required a skillful hand to keep events moving at its almost frantic pace while remaining believable. As Robert Heylmun weaves the lives of his characters into the nap of his plot, their connections produce the complicated, even twisted, events that make the novel captivating. How, the reader wonders, will the romance developing between Hal and Simon survive the challenges they face? How will Carl, who is “in love with two people of different genders,” decide? While readers have likely never known such characters or situations, the author’s ingenious interplay brings them into vivid reality. As a result, readers will likely share on finishing this page turner, a “joyful sense of loss” that paradoxically occurs whenever I finish a novel I have much enjoyed. Good stories like this leave the reader to ponder what will happen next to those characters that he has come to know so well. The author’s story telling expertise establishes him as a writer whom readers of gay fiction will want to read again … and again.
– Michael Dryden, American River College, Sacramento.