"Clothes don't make the queen. The queen makes the queen."
It's Santa Saturday in New Hope, Pennsylvania and Mother Asphodel is trudging through the snow to a gig at the Phoenix Club - her drag queen couture bundled in a shopping cart - her bony feet stuffed into galoshes. At seventy-seven plus, Mother has seen the glory days and, in the course of this evening, she'll share those memories with a younger queen, Brooks MacDonald (a.k.a. Simone DeFleurry of The Jade Owl fame). Listen to these stylish dames as they plan Mother's return into the spotlight, to shine once again in the eyes of the community and peers.
Mother Asphodel, a novella, bubbles with the secrets of a raging entertainer, who has rubbed elbows with the famous. Still, time knows no friends and Mother cleaves to life's ornery path on a bleak wintry evening when hope is as sparse as bread crumbs thrown to the birds. The possibilities are endless on the road least taken - a kaleidoscope glimpsed only by those who take ...
Maria Conti has a full and busy life in 60's Manchester. Having lost her mother at a young age, she has a close and loving relationship with her father, Leo who owns an Italian restaurant, Leonardo's. Finding first romance with Paul Spencer seems like the icing on the cake.
Secretly, however, she worries over Leo's drinking and gambling binges. Then he buys a racehorse she know he cannot afford. Maria has no one to advise her as Leo's family are in Italy and her mother's family in Ireland rejected her when she married a foreigner.
Having carefully guarded her father from female attention, Maria's attitude alters when the elegant Diana Freeman comes into their lives. She hopes that Diana's presence may distance Leo from his addictions.
Then Leo is tragically killed. In the dark days that follow it emerges that he has left them deeply in debt and their home and her beloved Leonard's are in jeopardy. Maria has no choice but t o turn to her estranged Irish Family.
Still reeling from ...
Monsters prey on the innocent. He preys on the monsters.
As commander of the Echo Team, the Templar's most battle-hardened combat unit, Cade Williams spends his days working in the shadows, protecting mankind from supernatural threats and enemies. The public is unaware of the Order's existence, never mind the nature of the enemy they face and that's fine with Cade, for if it became common knowledge that monsters exist, chaos would result.
But now the Order's mission and secrecy are threatened when unknown forces attack Templar commanderies in the dead of night, leaving destruction in their wake. Cade and his team are ordered to put an end to the attacks before the battle spills into the open, destroying the hard-won balance between the darkness and the light.
By the time he gets to the bottom of it all, Cade will be neck deep in revenants, demons, and death magick. But the true nature of the forces arrayed against him will only be revealed when he comes face to face with an enemy ...
Quinton is a recluse with lifelong visions he calls wakeful dreams and is haunted by a moment from his past. An anonymous artist who, under the pseudonym Jay Walker, has seen success from two graphic novels and several ink sketches for contemporary magazines. When he agrees to take on a new project about a missing couple, Quinton is hurled into a story that could span more than a century, or not. Grayscale is a modern gothic mystery where the line between what is real and not is blurred.
It's 2075. World hunger is a thing of the past. So is homelessness. It's a near utopia. Or is it?
Guided by the caring Facilitators of Peace Out, society's terminally ill and aged leave on their own terms.
Under the provisions of Basic Living, no American goes without food, shelter, and employment.
In Sanctuary, those who cannot care for themselves have a place as wards of the government.
It's the futures. Which one is yours? Available now in a single volume, Whitley's Futures Trilogy of novellas is best viewed as a single work.
'John Harvey, who is fascinated by the creative process involved in the making of art, finds the perfect subject in Rubens' painting "Peace and War" and its themes that intrigue and inspire a contemporary English artist. The result is a many-layered novel, impressively skillful and deeply absorbing.'ANITA DESAI
When artist Stephen Bloodsmith creates a series of images inspired by Rubens' trip to London in 1629, he enters a historical world of suspicion and intrigue. But will the manipulations he portrays in art spill over into the real world? When he practises deception inside his own marriage, falling in love with his model even as the romance of his wife Robyn unravels, the corrosive parallels between Bloodsmith's and Rubens' lives - the discovery of intimate secrets, the pain caused by desire and jealousy, the consequences of power and conflict - become hard to live with and impossible to ignore.
Rubens believed he could make peace between the warring powers of Europe. To succeed ...
Nigel Bain is an anxious and ageing ex-musician who's been on a long, downward slide - until a forgotten scrap of paper changes the course of his life.
It's 2008, and while the financial world is teetering on the edge of a precipice, Nigel has suffered his own crisis. He's a rent collector for an uncompromising loan shark and recent distractions have resulted in a misunderstanding over money. In an attempt to avoid any painful reckoning, he escapes to the country from his seedy Oxford surroundings, together with carefree Kevin, his former Post-Punk band roadie and friend since their school days. Trying to make sense of his predicament, he stirs up memories and questions from his early life, including how he managed to lose the only girl he ever loved.
Taking to the lanes on foot, Nigel discovers surprising new alliances and also an unsettling and revalatory insight into previously buried events, ultimately attempting an audacious and unorthodox solution to his problems.
Jackson Grant has regrets. His life has been spent in preparation for the future. Now that the future is here, he is not prepared. As if by a thief, his days have been stolen away. There is nothing that can be done, so he continually dwells in what has passed. The longing for a time that should have been appreciated more than it was. Especially the reminiscence of one particular day. That one day. Jack will come to understand that it is impossible to relive the past. It cannot be brought back. He will realize that life happens, and that, in the end, a man is only a recollection of the sum of those days. Only tattered souvenirs and fading memories. Eventually, it all goes away. In the blink of an eye. He will come to terms with life -- with his life. There will be no grand epiphany. No great mystery will be revealed. He will only remember. Jackson Grant will remember a day.
A Relationship, in Pieces - Four Short Stories
Relationships are balancing acts, no matter what stage you're at or how long you've been with your partner. Whether long term, a first date, or simply a fleeting encounter - it only takes a wrongly spoken word or a misunderstanding for things to quickly deteriorate.
Each story in A Relationship, in Pieces explores characters at different periods of a relationship; meetings between strangers, a first date and an inevitable ending that is apparent to all but those involved. These are the cautionary tales played out every night in cities around the world. If you've ever been in a relationship that hasn't run entirely smoothly, your story may possibly be here.
Waiting in the 11th Arrondissement - A couple spend an evening in a Parisian restaurant where an eavesdropping waiter takes pleasure in an argument that ensues from being too honest, too early.
Running With the Bulls - A man trapped in a long term make-up and break-up ...
The most irresistible yet deadly creature in New York risks everything when love he cannot have becomes his obsession.
Book I of the Yulen series offers a psychological suspense mystery with paranormal elements that delves into its anti-hero's emotional turmoil and physical uniqueness.
Owen Odem is the most gorgeous creature in New York City, and the most cursed. By day, the supreme salesman mints commissions using an exceptional gift. By night in his one room ghetto tenement, chilling memories besiege his happiness.
After an assaulted politically connected city visitor mysteriously disappears, Detective Gail Honeycutt -- NYPD's most ambitious and voted hottest five years running -- gets the case expected to ignite her career. But then she meets the alluring Owen Odem, and her mad desire for him only enflames the uncontrollable envy of her bad-boy former lover. Powerful and corrupt, Captain Jinks Metcalf destroys all who try to take what he deems his.
More innocents of the city ...
Sometimes the hardest decision in loving someone is letting them go...
Malachi Bishop doesn't believe in love. Not after the unexpected death of the man he'd planned to spend his life with. So, he quits the 'love game' and drowns himself in his work. It's the perfect self-prescribed remedy to protect him from every hurt... and the unwanted advances of his most gifted student.
Cole Malcolm has done everything right to become one of the country's top management consultants. Yet even after reaching the pinnacle of his career, he never expected his life to feel so empty. What's missing? Love. He's ready to settle down... and let go of a past riddled with pain.
When Malachi and Cole meet at the local bar, sparks don't immediately fly. But Cole can see the anguish in Malachi's eyes, and it sends him reeling. He's been there. Now he's determined to wipe out Malachi's pain and show him the pathway to love. Yet even as they peel away their secrets, Cole doesn't understand Malachi's ...
Hagar. Anat. Orly.
Three independent women, very different from each other but similar in certain ways, are swept into unstoppable romantic journeys.
Hagar, a polished, brilliant IT designer with a long list of accomplishments is married with two children. She has the perfect life but still, she finds herself bored with her family life.
Anat is an insecure kindergarten teacher. She is married to Dror and resolute mother of three and used to pleasing others and feeling unseen.
Orly is a traditional accountant, a lone wolf who is cynical and standoffish. She is married to Hanan and has three grown children. She treasures her life due to the breast cancer gene she hides in her body. She regularly mulls about the meaning of life.
These three women find the same man attractive. Kobi, their cycling instructor manages to lead each of them into unknown romantic terrain.
This is a journey of mid-life self-discovery for the three women - when their rebellious spirits awaken, and cry out for a ...
An American expatriate living in 1970s Madrid struggles with the self-absorption of a stunning, indulgent expat lover, and responds to her rebuff by turning his booze-addled despair into a celebration of the vibrant Spanish city. Carousing with friends and sometime paramour he explores and discovers the waking post-dictatorship Spanish capital and environs while falling into a routine of careless misadventure.
When any hope of redemption with his heartthrob looks expired, a night stalker terrorizes his estranged lover, and she finally confronts her charmed existence. She chooses to rescue her selfish life, and tells her desolate lover she will begin with reconciling his attraction for her. He begs they move beyond their frivolous relationship and turn away from waywardness. He asks they start so by doing one decent thing with their lives, and suggests they find and stop the city's vicious prowler targeting their friends.
He reasons that their decency may place their lives in peril ...
Marjorie Bruce, newly-crowned Princess of Scotland and daughter of feared Scottish warrior King Robert the Bruce, is about to witness the English invasion into Scottish territory.
After the English military ambushes Marjorie and her stepmother, they take them to England. It is up to Archibald Douglas - one of the King's men - to return Marjorie to her father without harm. With the help of friends along the way, Marjorie trains to become the finest warrior Scotland has ever seen.
She also learns secrets about her father's legitimacy to the crown. Marjorie is about to find out what it means to be Scottish, and how important she is to the Scottish crown's survival. But first, she needs to survive the war, and that will take all the courage and soldiers she can get.
Beautiful, rich, self-assured and witty, Emma Woodhouse delights in matchmaking those around her, with no apparent care for her own romantic life. Taking young Harriet Smith under her wing, Emma sets her sights on finding a suitable match for her friend. Chided for her mistakes by old friend Mr Knightley, it is only when Harriet starts to pursue her own love interests that Emma realizes the true hidden depths of her own heart.
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Giselle's life seems to be on a positive upswing. She has a change of scenery to get over her past. She is now coming into her own. Yet her family has demons that seems to be blocking her progress. With new love on the rise, she still must be strong for the people around her. Can she keep it all together; all while repairing the hole in her young soul that was ripped out, when her innocence was stolen? Read along in part 2 of her story.
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