Chest Pains by Janet Nichols Lynch Title: Island of the White Rose
Author: R. Ira Harris
ISBN: 978-0-9816175-5-8
Category: Novel
Pages: 256
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Price: $24.95 Hardcover

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ISLAND OF THE WHITE ROSE
A Novel
R. Ira Harris

Description: Intrigue and adventure, armed struggle and forbidden love intersect amid the Castro revolution in1950s Cuba.

Father Pedro Villanueva, 34, the novel’s protagonist, son of an upper-middle-class Havana family, is non-political until his brother Alberto is killed by dictator Fulgencio Batista’s men. He then joins with the underground to support the Fidelistas fighting in the Sierra Maestra. Two attractive women of the underground, Dolores Barre and Maria Guerra, persuade Pedro first to obtain medicines for the rebels, later to smuggle arms to them aboard his family’s 40-foot sloop, The White Rose (named after a poem by Jose Marti, a 19th century national hero, in which the white rose symbolizes Cuba and its brightest aspirations).

As Pedro’s involvement with the revolution grows, taking him into the mountains, gun in hand, his priestly ethics and his celibacy vows are sacrificed. After Batista flees the country and Castro’s forces take power, Pedro sees some close to him demonized, he comes to realize he has traded his core beliefs for disillusionment—and The White Rose, with Pedro at the helm, secretly slips off on a new mission.

“A gripping story of love, faith, betrayal, and revolution set in the flavors and sounds of 1950s Cuba."
— Dr. Modesto A. Maidique, President Emeritus, Florida International University

“A good page-turner….Island of the White Rose is a novel that depicts the true story of many Cuban youths who risked their lives to oust a brutal dicttorship only to find that they had brought into power a ruthless totalitarian regime and paid dearly for it.”
— Guillermo Martinez, syndicated columnist, South Florida Sun-Sentinel,
and co-editor of Cubans: An Epic Journey

“I’ve read a lot of Cuban history and been there four times as a journalist. This book captures so well the pain and tragedy of the revolution… the loves and the lives lost, then and now."
— David Lawrence, retired Miami Herald publisher and President of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation

Also available as an e-book.

 
Chest Pains by Janet Nichols Lynch Title: The Severance
Author: Elliott Sawyer
ISBN: 978-0-9816175-3-4
Category: Novel
Pages: 248
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Price: $23.95 Hardcover

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The Severance
A Novel
Elliott Sawyer

Description: Action, adventure and intrigue intersect amid the war in Afghanistan in The Severance, a novel whose authenticity springs from author Elliott Sawyer’s two combat tours as a decorated captain in Iraq and Afghanistan. (See www.ElliottSawyer.com)

The Severance is the story of a “rehabilitation platoon,” made up of bitter, unruly troublemakers and misfits whose past disciplinary sins have led the Army to put them into this unit, a unit assigned the dirty missions no one else wants. They are 21st Century counterparts of the World War II rogue soldiers in The Dirty Dozen, the 1965 bestseller made into the classic movie of that name. The platoon’s leader is Captain Jake Roberts, picked as punishment for past lapses of his own. He and his men, fighting and patrolling in the Afghan mountains, discover a large cache of American dollars hidden by a corrupt contractor. They devise a plan to hide it and later smuggle it out of the country when they are sent home for discharge. They call it their “Severance pay package.” Soon the men discover the Taliban insurgents aren’t the only enemy they must confront and defeat on and off the battlefield. Someone has found out about The Severance and wants to highjack it.

Is this second enemy one of them, another soldier at their base, or even Jake’s girlfriend, a nurse? The mystery builds to a climax as their unknown adversary tries to kill Jake and some of his men while they seek to safeguard The Severance and determine the identity of their deadly stalker.

Audio rights sold to Blackstone Audio.

"An impressive debut novel…. Capt. Sawyer's book, full of vivid combat scenes, remembered grief, sudden horrors and saving humor, is itself a found treasure."
— Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

"Sawyer's novel is…about the singular events of conflict that define war and the soldiers who fight it. The Severance gives the reader an understanding about honor among soldiers and honor among thieves…. Straightforward, unembellished prose. The humor is welcome and wisely placed. The action scenes read as if written by someone who has been there, and indeed he has."
— Terry Collins, Tulsa World

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Chest Pains by Janet Nichols Lynch Title: Chest Pains
Author: Janet Nichols Lynch
ISBN: 978-0-9816175-0-3
Category: Novel
Pages: 288
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Price: $23.95 Hardcover

Description: Californian Gordon Clay, a failed musician turned community college music instructor, overcomes a midlife crisis, helped by unlikely characters who include a marathon-running ex-nun, a small boy and the child’s unwed Polynesian mother. The author, whose work has been published in the New Yorker, examines with wit and whimsy Gordon’s discovery of a path back from his loneliness and disappointments and with it a restoration of his religious faith.

“Sure-handed….gripping….surprises on virtually every page.” - Steve Yarbrough, author of The End of California and Prisoners of War

“There’s action, there’s music, there’s God, there’s a young child and love and danger. This book has it all.” - Merrill Joan Gerber, author of King of the World and The Victory Gardens of Brooklyn

 
The Polish Woman by Eva Mekler Title: The Polish Woman
Author: Eva Mekler
ISBN: 978-1-882593-99-6
Category: Novel
Pages: 256
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Price: $21.95 Hardcover
Description: Set in New York and Poland, this is a gripping Holocaust story with a fresh, highly suspenseful mystery twist. It begins when an attractive 29-year-old Polish woman suddenly appears before a New York Jewish family in 1967, claiming to be the long-lost daughter of a recently deceased family member. He was a Holocaust survivor who had hid a daughter with a Catholic farm family in Poland to try to save her from the Nazis. Is the woman who she claims to be, or a scam artist intent on inheriting the dead man’s fortune, or something else? The search for the woman’s true identity takes a young male member of the family across the ocean with her in a detective-story-like search to movingly uncover her past.

“Meticulous, raw…coolly composed….By the time the ending veers into John Grisham territory, Mekler has already transcended plot in favor of uncompromising examination.” - The New York Times Book Review

Stunning…Not to be missed by anyone who loves a tale well told.” - Library Journal

“Vividly drawn characters….The tale itself is compelling, combining romance and mystery and reminding us of the difficulty of unearthing personal truths when one of history’s great cataclysms has buried them.” - The Wall Street Journal
 
Mineral Spirits by Heather Sharfeddin Title: Mineral Spirits
Author: Heather Sharfeddin
ISBN: 978-1-882593-98-9
Category: Novel
Pages: 260
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Price: $21.95 Hardcover
Description: A contemporary Western whose murder mystery is matched by insights into human entanglements and the many forms love can take. The author, who was raised in Montana and Idaho, takes Kip Edelson, the new sheriff of Montana’s Mineral County, on an odyssey through the onetime mining town of Magda, now a near-ghost town, and the wild and remote countryside along the Montana-Idaho border. He faces a series of difficult decisions as an officer of the law and as a man, before finally solving the crime.

Paperback reprint rights sold to Bantam.
 
Blackbelly by Heather Sharfeddin Title: Blackbelly
Author: Heather Sharfeddin
ISBN: 978-1-882593-97-2
Category: Novel
Pages: 240
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Price: $21.95

Description: This novel appeals on three levels: It is a suspenseful crime story centering on an act of bigotry against the lone Muslim family in a remote Idaho town. It is at the same time a sensitive novel of family dynamics—of a complex father-son relationship and of the evolving personal attractions and repulsions between the crusty rancher unjustly accused of the hate crime and the nurse who comes to care for his father. And third, it is a novel of the contemporary West whose settings and characters are authentically drawn from her own experience by an author who, as a forester’s daughter, was raised in remote Riggins, Idaho, and in Montana.

“A good old-fashioned cowboy tale that’s as gritty as they come... A nice piece of emotional storytelling.” – Chicago Tribune

“Sharfeddin has captured the family-like entanglements in a small community—by showing us what happens when those relationships begin to come apart.” – Philadelphia Inquirer