Contemporary Fiction

Border Run & Other Stories by Jennifer Leeper
Border Run & Other Stories

Sit back and savor this mesmerizing collection of short fiction set in multiple eras and locales. These fourteen stories provide tantalizing glimpses of death and its impact on those left behind, the tedious grind of day-to-day living and the promise of escape through the magical and supernatural. Continue reading

Cost of Goods Sold
Cost of Goods Sold: A Novel of Silicon Valley

The saga of Validator Software and its Silicon Valley executive team continues in Cost of Goods Sold, moving onto a global stage in the second book of the Silicon Valley Quartet. As the tech world threatens to slide into one of its regular bust cycles, Validator CEO Alison Prue decides to play a high-tech, high-risk game of chicken… Continue reading

Cover artwork for FROSTBITE by J.E. Seymour.
Frostbite

Former mob “troubleshooter” Kevin Markinson returns for a thrilling game of cat and mouse in Book 3 of the Kevin Markinson series. Markinson has finally settled back into prison life, hoping to serve out his sentence and return home to his family. Unfortunately for Markinson, fate has other plans. Continue reading

Learning Curve by Michael S. Malone
Learning Curve: A Novel of Silicon Valley

Get an inside view of the breathless, winner-take-all world of high technology — Silicon Valley style — in this fast-paced corporate thriller that will keep you guessing the whole way through! Veteran businessman Dan Crowen is finally handed the reins of a large, successful tech firm, Validator Software — only to be ordered by its eccentric owner, Cosmo Validator, to take a step that could destroy the company… Continue reading

Lesson Plan for Murder cover artwork by Stephanie Bibb Flint
Lesson Plan for Murder

No one sheds any tears when overbearing English teacher Marcia Deaver is found dead in her classroom. As the police begin investigating the death as a murder, Liz finds Marcia’s mysteriously coded lesson plans. Convinced they hold the key to identifying the murderer, normally risk-averse Liz finds herself obsessed with solving the crime. Continue reading

Never Again
Never Again

Struck by lightning on her annual birthday hike to a favorite mountain meadow in Colorado, 80-year-old Clara Norwood closes her eyes, expecting to die. Instead, she wakes up on an Elirian spaceship. When she is returned to Earth, however, Clara realizes that the Elirians did more than simply heal her injuries. They also reversed all the ravages of aging, and she is once again a beautiful young woman. Continue reading

Padre The Narrowing Path Back Cover
Padre: The Narrowing Path

After joining the priesthood and taking the name Father John, Russell Capshaw is sent to serve the parish of the Raramuri tribe in the canyons of the Sierra Madre in Mexico. There he learns that the tribesmen are being kidnapped by the local narcotrafficantes as forced labor for their drug fields. Continue reading

Requiem in Red by Kaye George
Requiem in Red

Aspiring conductor and amateur sleuth Cressa Carraway returns for a second installment of music and murder in this fast-paced mystery from author Kaye George. Fresh out of grad school, Cressa lands her dream job as conductor of a fledgling ensemble in Minnesota that aspires to grow into a major orchestra. Leaving her psychic friend Neek, boyfriend Daryl, and DePaul University behind, she quickly starts to wonder what she’s gotten herself into. Continue reading

Cover Artwork for Seven Days to Goodbye by artist Stephanie Flint
Seven Days to Goodbye

After Trina’s beloved dog dies, she swears she’ll never get another one. But then she learns about service dogs, and realizes that if she becomes a Puppy Raiser, she could train puppy after puppy and never worry about them dying. But like all great ideas, this one has a serious flaw: her first service puppy must be returned to his kennel at the end of their week-long summer vacation… and saying goodbye to Sydney is going to be much tougher than she ever imagined. Continue reading

Slip Sliding Away cover artwork
Slip Sliding Away

Recession. Unemployment. Student loan debt. Moving back home. This is the rude “welcome to adulthood” that college graduate Michael Reilly is striving to come to terms with—just like so many others of his generation. Now living with his father and stepmother, the only work he can find is a part-time retail job at the local mall. Continue reading

Sounds of Silence by Phillip Tomasso
Sounds of Silence

Twelve-year-old Marco Lippa is the star pitcher for his little league baseball team and does his best to lead his team to victory against their cross-town rivals, reveling in the cheering and applause. After one particular game, he becomes sick and is rushed to the hospital. Treated for meningococcal disease, Marco wakes up to discover that he is deaf—and all of his dreams seem to crumble. Continue reading

Starting Over cover artwork
Starting Over

Trina Ryan’s challenging summer starts off with a puppy-fueled energy burst as she takes on another service dog for training—an eight-week-old black Labrador named Colton. And to help explore another dream, she’s taken a job at the barn next door in exchange for riding lessons with the barn’s schooling horse. It doesn’t take long for Trina to butt heads with Morgan Hart, an award-winning rider with a gorgeous thoroughbred named Knight—and a demanding, nasty demeanor with both people and her horse. Continue reading

The Anthropologist's Daughter
The Anthropologist’s Daughter

How do you help someone who is grieving, when you are grieving yourself? After the death of her mother, ten-year-old Imogen Hearne’s father hides his grief by burying himself in his work at the university, while her sister vents her anguish by acting up and running off with friends — leaving Immy to fend for herself. Continue reading

The Curious Case of the Tuscan Plague Doctor

After antiques dealer Zolena Gillette purchases a blind-box of antiques at an estate auction, Zolena discovers she has acquired a valuable piece of dark history: an authentic plague doctor’s mask from 15th century Italy. While searching to find a buyer for the macabre artifact, however, she quickly discovers that the mask is haunted by the tormented spirit of a medieval plague doctor. Continue reading

The Girl Who Flew Away cover artwork by Stephanie Flint
The Girl Who Flew Away

No good deed goes unpunished when freshman Steffie Brenner offers to give the awkward new neighbor girl a ride home after her first day at school. When her older sister Ali stops at a local park to apply for a job, Steffie and Madison slip out of the car for a walk—and Madison vanishes. Continue reading

Cover Artwork for The Immaculate
The Immaculate

When Sister Mary Aurelius is murdered in front of the shuttered Immaculate Conception school outside of Boston, former student Rosaria O’Reilly is determined to find justice for her mentor. The Malford Police have identified a mentally unstable homeless man as the killer, but Rosaria wasn’t trained to settle for the easy answer. With help from a close childhood friend, Nuncie DiStephano, now losing the struggle with an aggressive cancer, her investigations unravel a much larger, more sinister story. Continue reading

The Revolving Year by Vanessa Furse Jackson
The Revolving Year

It just might be the end of the world for 35-year-old Imogen Hearne. First, she learns that her beloved older sister has breast cancer, followed by the news that the lease on the small cottage that has been her home for the past ten years will be cancelled. The only bright spot on the horizon seems to be an extended visit from her niece Celia, who has recently dropped out from university. But Celia’s visit may turn out to be the cruelest blow of all. Continue reading

THE SABLE by Michael S. Malone. Cover artwork by Carol Marschner Malone.
The Sable

Who is a true African? This question has been asked and answered repeatedly through cycles of violent revolution over many years. The Sable draws you into this world at a flux point of the cycle, to a quiet farm where everything seems both ordered and content—until the violence and chaos arrives at the gates. Continue reading

The Scarred Letter by Val Muller
The Scarred Letter

Written by a veteran English teacher, The Scarred Letter weaves themes from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter into an accessible, intelligent tale of modern isolation and a young woman’s quest for truth and acceptance. Continue reading

The Stage
The Stage

Megan O’Day has always tried to limit her personal attachments. Her mother died when she was fifteen and she has no memories of her father. She has learned to survive through self-reliance alone. When a friend from high school opens a nightclub called The Stage in Seattle and offers her a job, Megan stumbles into a new world full of dangerous complications. Continue reading