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It took over 35 years until Joseph J. Swope could chronicle the last days of his family’s historic farm as it faced imminent destruction by a federal dam project in Pleasant Valley Lost. Swope, a public relations professional and adjunct university faculty member for more than three decades, started writing about Pleasant Valley as a college freshman and after many false starts, finally completed his book. He and his family still live only a few miles from the Blue Marsh Dam.

Marcia Byalick is the author of three YA novels, three self-help books and dozens of essays published in national magazines. She teaches memoir writing at Long Island University- CW Post and won the LI Press Club award for best column in a magazine 16 times. She has contributed to five Chicken Soup books and served as content editor of Whose Eyes Are These? reflects her interest in the ever changing configuration of the American family.


Robert M. Marchese is a writer, musician, and literature teacher who lives with his family in Madison, Connecticut. He has published short stories and nonfiction pieces in magazines and literary journals. For two years, he has been the recipient of the prestigious Martin Van Nostrand fellowship for literature, which just so happens to be a fictitious honor. Nine Lies marks the publication of Robert’s debut novel. 

After a tumultuous year that turned their lives upside down, Shifting Gears by Mimi Roberts is the true story of a family’s decision to embark on a grand odyssey and take off on a three-month adventure around the United States. Amidst trials and tribulations, one too many vehicle breakdowns, and a lot of good memories sandwiched in between, readers will find Shifting Gears to be a humorous, heartfelt and inspiring journey of rediscovering what is truly important in life. Join them on their journey at


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Battle Hymn: Revelations of the Sinister Plan for a New World Order


by John Scura and Dane Phillips


This book presents frightening, but truthful, facts that will shake many of your deepest beliefs to the core. A dark plan, put into place centuries ago, has come to fruition. Consider Battle Hymn your wake-up call... Painstakingly researched through hundreds of sources and interviews, Battle Hymn rips the cover off the invisible government that controls our leaders and soon, our very lives. Composed of just a few... Read more>


by Caleb Bugai

Matthew Calamos, a young man raised apart from it, enters Alkalian society through his first year attending the confederacy’s national college. Like all other Alkalians, he has a battle morph, a transformation into a powerful humanoid or creature with special weapons or abilities. He soon learns, however, that his battle morph is unlike others, rare and with a power tabooed and feared by them, and it makes him stand out in a student community dominated by boss students, the most popular, charming, and dangerous students among them... Read more>

The Sheriff's Son: Lessons Learned

by Wayne Skarka and Butch Campsey

This true story begins on Valentine's Day, 1961. 14 years old, Claudette Carolyn Covey went missing from Hondo, Texas. On Halloween evening, 1961, Claudette's remains were discovered eight miles from town in a field. She had been shot twice in the head. From the beginning, town folks believed that she was murdered by the corrupt sheriff or his 18-year-old son, whom she was dating. Because of the corrupt sheriff's influence... Read more> 

Brady Needs a Nightlight

written by Brian Barlics, illustrated by Gregory B. Jones


Is your child afraid of the dark? Are you having trouble with bedtime? You are not alone! Even those least likely to have a fear of the dark may have a story to share. In this book you will meet Brady, a bat who oddly has a terrible fear of the dark. This poses quite a dilemma for a creature that sleeps in a dark cave and comes out to play at night. Learn how Brady discovers a creative way to solve this problem...with a little help from some friends. Read more>

One Creepy Street: Annica's Broom

by Lee Jordan


Annica should not have texted and tried to re-tweet,

For now she was falling towards One Creepy Street. 

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Message of the Pendant (Darmon Mysteries)

by Thomas Thorpe


William Darmon and wife Elizabeth were powerful figures who in 1818 set society's pace from expansive grounds known as Mayfair Hall. When a family member is murdered, a mysterious pendant is found containing a long lost request by Napoleon Bonaparte for an American mission to burn down Parliament buildings. The couple sets out on an action filled pursuit of the killer. While interviewing Henry Clay in post-war Maryland... Read more> 

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