Skipping Stones

This is a stand alone novel. Now available They say there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Not everyone will grieve in this order, nor will everyone go through every stage. It’s during the stage of denial when Alex Hart meets Andrew Foster. He takes her one-step closer to acceptance: the stage when new, meaningful relations This is a stand alone novel. Now available They say there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Not everyone will grieve in this order, nor will everyone go through every stage. It’s during the stage of denial when Alex Hart meets Andrew Foster. He takes her one-step closer to acceptance: the stage when new, meaningful relationships are formed. The stage when the realization occurs that this is now the new state of normal. Just when Alex thinks she is on her way to healing, she enters the bargaining phase. That’s the phase where you wonder what you could have done differently. You wonder “what if?” Specifically, what if the ones you loved hadn’t left you? Leaving…this is what makes heading off to war so difficult and frightening for Alex. She knows all too well what it’s like to be the one on the losing end of life, which is why she’s made it her personal mission in life to save as many lives as possible. The extreme high she gets from treating trauma victims turns into Alex’s own form of therapy, or so she thinks. When faced with her world being turned upside down, Alex may just find that her true therapy is in the one who has always saved her. ...more

The Farm on the River of Emeralds

Blood of the Wizard

In a mountainside tavern, between the land of dwarves and men, a young warrior enjoys an unlikely friendship. But when a dragon steals away with the son of his dwarven friend, Fie must brave elf-filled forests and goblin-filled hills... all to reach an impossibly large dragon. Yet simply rescuing the child may not be enough. There are those with motives more sinister than In a mountainside tavern, between the land of dwarves and men, a young warrior enjoys an unlikely friendship. But when a dragon steals away with the son of his dwarven friend, Fie must brave elf-filled forests and goblin-filled hills. all to reach an impossibly large dragon. Yet simply rescuing the child may not be enough. There are those with motives more sinister than even the fire-breathing beast. .more

The Right Words at the Right Time

For those of us in need of hope, a hero, or a healthy dose of inspiration, here is a heartwarming collection of personal revelations from some of today's greatest luminaries whose lives were changed by hearing the right words at the right time. Marlo Thomas and Friends have contributed their stories and all royalties from The Right Words at the Right Time to St. Jude Chil For those of us in need of hope, a hero, or a healthy dose of inspiration, here is a heartwarming collection of personal revelations from some of today's greatest luminaries whose lives were changed by hearing the right words at the right time. Marlo Thomas and Friends have contributed their stories and all royalties from The Right Words at the Right Time to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, founded by Ms. Thomas's father, Danny Thomas, in 1962. ...more

Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City

Elizabeth Minchilli has been eating her way through Rome since she was 12 years old. Eating Rome, based on her popular blog Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome, is her homage to the city that feeds her, literally and figuratively. Her story is a personal, quirky and deliciously entertaining look at some of the city's monuments to food culture. Join her as she takes you on a stroll Elizabeth Minchilli has been eating her way through Rome since she was 12 years old. Eating Rome, based on her popular blog Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome, is her homage to the city that feeds her, literally and figuratively. Her story is a personal, quirky and deliciously entertaining look at some of the city's monuments to food culture. Join her as she takes you on a stroll through her favorite open air markets; stop by the best gelato shops; order plates full of carbonara and finish the day with a brilliant red Negroni. Coffee, pizza, artichokes and grappa are starting points for mouth-watering stories about this ancient city. Illustrated with Minchilli's beautiful full-color photos and enriched with her favorite recipes for Roman classics like vignarola, carciofi alla romana and carbonara, Eating Rome is the book that you want if you are planning your first trip to Rome or if you have been to Rome a dozen times. And even if you just want to spend a few hours armchair traveling, Elizabeth Minchilli is the person you want by your side. ...more

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God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga

Cartoonist Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) is the single most important figure in Japanese post-World War II comics. During his four-decade career, Tezuka published more than 150,000 pages of comics, produced animation films, wrote essays and short fiction, and earned a Ph.D. in medicine. Along with creating the character Astro Boy (Mighty Atom in Japan), he is best known for est Cartoonist Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) is the single most important figure in Japanese post-World War II comics. During his four-decade career, Tezuka published more than 150,000 pages of comics, produced animation films, wrote essays and short fiction, and earned a Ph.D. in medicine. Along with creating the character Astro Boy (Mighty Atom in Japan), he is best known for establishing story comics as the mainstream genre in the Japanese comic book industry, creating narratives with cinematic flow and complex characters. This style influenced all subsequent Japanese output. "God of Comics" chronicles Tezuka's life and works, placing his creations both in the cultural climate and in the history of Japanese comics. The book emphasizes Tezuka's use of intertextuality. His works are filled with quotations from other texts and cultural products, such as film, theater, opera, and literature. Often, these quoted texts and images bring with them a world of meanings, enriching the narrative. Tezuka also used stock characters and recurrent visual jokes as a way of creating a coherent world that encompasses all of his works. "God of Comics" includes close analysis of Tezuka's lesser-known works, many of which have never been translated into English. It offers one of the first in-depth studies of Tezuka's oeuvre to be published in English. ...more