Books

Unkept, a novel by Ericka Clay
Launching March 2, 2015

UNKEPT a novelAs the live-in manager at her father’s funeral home in Burling Gates, Missouri, Vienna has succumbed to the mediocrity and abject loneliness of her life. Her days are suspended between the mundane and the misery of her clients’ throttling grief; of changing light bulbs and encountering strangers as bereft as she. But after orchestrating the funeral for a little boy named Parker that prompts one of her severe panic attacks, she finds herself at a personal crossroads in which she is forced to confront the pregnancy she’s been hiding, her childhood nemesis, the boy she never stopped loving, and the deep-seeded secret surrounding her mother’s death more than a decade before.

In another part of town, Heather Turnbull has just learned from her estranged father that her mother, a lifelong recluse, has died. When making arrangements for her funeral, Heather chooses Oaks Family Funeral home, where she comes face to face with Vienna–the woman she tortured throughout grade school; the woman who has recently had an affair with her husband.

Together, Vienna and Heather navigate through a makeshift friendship born of circumstance and devised to assuage their ambivalence towards motherhood and their tenuous relationship with reality, discovering, in tandem, the art of forgiveness and the will to go on.

Damselfly Inn: A Thornton Vermont Novel, by Cameron D. Garriepy
Launching April 13, 2015

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(Novel, Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction)  The picturesque college town of Thornton, Vermont is the perfect place to open an inn. Or so Nan Grady thinks until a late summer storm drops a tree branch through her roof and local contractor Joss Fuller into her path.

Romance has been the last thing on her career-oriented mind, but Nan can’t deny the attraction between them. Nor can she deny the history between Joss and her most important guest: a sophisticated Manhattan academic.

And then there is the mysterious vandal targeting her home and livelihood.

As summer fades to autumn and Joss becomes a fixture around the Damselfly Inn, Nan navigates the joys and complications of life in her new home town. But when the vandalism becomes increasingly upsetting, threatening Nan and her guests, as well as her budding relationship with Joss, Nan questions her place in the town, at the inn, and in Joss’s heart.

 

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blackfern girls elizabeth yonGirlhood is hard. Surviving it in the strange wilderness of Blackfern County is a challenge like no other. Elizabeth Yon’s Blackfern Girls entices with parlor tricks, whispers of abandonment, and tempts innocence to desperate measures, revealing the lethal dangers of coming of age in a place where reality shivers and changes like a theatre scrim.

In “The Undertakers,” Frankie Blanchard’s mother abandons the eight year-old girl on her sister’s remote farm. Frankie’s cousins, Ariel and Poppy, are less than happy to receive her. They have a horrifying secret of their own, and Frankie must find the courage to save another innocent.

In “The Skeptic,” Juliet Pinkney is born into a tradition of paranormal chicanery, and takes for granted that contact with spirits is a ruse perpetrated on the marks. At the same time her first love blossoms in all its sweetness, she is confronted with the dark reality of Sparrowgate House, and pays a terrible price for her disbelief.

In “Local Honey,” Sylvia Peach stands on the cusp of young womanhood, and at the precipice of a repulsive marriage. Her yearning for independence and romance lead her to an alliance with the strange Dark sisters, and the enigmatic Nathan Love. In their forest inn, she will learn that death is a long and varied journey.

In “The Queen of Ever After,” Cricket Carpenter spins worlds, and companions, from air. Abandoned by her father, and orphaned when first her mother, and then her beloved grandmother die, she embarks on a quest for the mythical land of Ever After accompanied by her imaginary father figure, Pop, and Rob, the wild young farm hand.

 

Angela Amman, short stories, literary fiction, women's fiction, stories about complicated relationships“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” ~ Pema Chodron

Angela Amman‘s debut collection of short fiction delves into the private shadows of three very distinct relationships. For these three women, there are lessons to embrace before they can release the turmoil which holds them back from hope.

“Cicada Song” tells the story of a mother’s struggle with her daughter’s attitude toward food, revealing her own fears and misgivings.

In “Splinters,” a young woman on the brink of first love copes with secret pain she thought long buried and banished.

“Scents of Iron and Pine” explores the depth of subtle cruelty and self-delusion a wife is willing to endure to hold her family together.

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Til Death official book coverTil Death Do Us Part is Stephanie Ayers‘s debut novella, a crossover between romantic suspense and psychological thriller, with an occult twist. The events in this story lead right up to Christmas, and priced at $1.99 for ebook and $6.99 for paperback, it’s perfect for the holiday season! Pick your copy up:

When Ian buys Elizabeth a Tiffany’s engagement ring, he unwittingly sets off a series of deadly events as the ring goes full circle — passing through the hands of a hopeful co-worker, a young delivery boy, a beloved daughter and her father, a drug addicted twin brother, a drug dealer, and a pawn shop — to be reunited with its intended.

 

Cameron D. Garriepy
Buck’s Landing: A New England Seacoast Romance

Cameron D Garriepy, romance, novel, New England, Hampton BeachSofia Buck escaped Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, ten years ago with no intention of returning, but her father’s untimely death forces her to come back for the summer to deal with Buck’s Landing, the family business he left behind. Sofia has one goal, to keep the business running until it’s sold. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love.

Silas Wilde walked away from an unsatisfying legal career in Manhattan. Relying on instinct and serendipity, he finds himself running a seaside market and gift shop on Hampton Beach’s Ocean Boulevard. He’s content in his new life and livelihood, until a chance encounter with his new next-door neighbor awakens him to the one thing he’s missing. Her.

Buck’s Landing is available in print and for Kindle/Nook from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and at most major ebook retail sites.

A personalized paperback edition of Buck’s Landing can be purchased direct from the author, simply click the PayPal link below. Personalized copies are priced at $11.49, which includes shipping to the continental US.

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FtEttM_cover6Thornton, Vermont, 1953: After six years in the Navy, the last three spent engaged in the Korean War, George Cartwright is coming home. No longer craving adventure, George wants nothing more than to start building a quiet life. When a beautiful, unexpected stranger meets his train, George understands why it’s called love at first sight. Ginny Fletcher is everything George never knew he wanted in a woman, but his love forces him to question the meaning of brotherhood, family, and the weight of promises.

From the Earth to the Moon is a work of short romantic fiction which includes an excerpt from the upcoming contemporary Thornton Vermont trilogy, coming in 2014/2015 from Cameron D. Garriepy and Bannerwing Books.

 

12DaysCoverTwenty years after flirting with rock and roll stardom, Moira Kennedy is a tired bartender who still dreams of the sweet rush of performing. With twelve dreary days until Christmas looming, Moira’s achingly dull life spins off its axis. Who is the handsome stranger in the red scarf? Why is her ex threatening to dredge up their past? Is there still music in her soul? And will this be a happy Christmas after all? 

Twelve Days ‘Til Christmas is a work of short fiction, a Christmas romance which includes salty language and adults making the occasional poor choice.

 

 

 

four short stories about love
Angela Amman, Mandy Dawson,
Cameron D. Garriepy, Kameko Murakami

Angela Amman, Mandy Dawson, Cameron D Garriepy, Kameko Murakami, short stories, romance“Love is metaphysical gravity.” R. Buckminster Fuller

A force beyond reason and the laws of nature, love draws us together in many ways. In these four short stories, four authors explore the essence of love, from practical to magical.

“In Her Hands,” by Angela Amman, explores the moment in which a woman weighs the choice between expectations and the lasting passion she craves.

A shy librarian offers her beautiful best friend a shot at the English teacher she secretly desires, in Mandy Dawson’s “Home.” But what if beauty isn’t all he needs in a lover?

Cameron D. Garriepy’s eponymous “Valentine” is a young woman whose fairytale is sidetracked by tricksters loose in the streets of New Orleans.

In “Elephants in the Atmosphere” by Kameko Murakami, a young woman in extraordinary circumstances finds love in an unexpected place and against all odds. Is a happy ending even possible?

Metaphysical Gravity is available exclusively for Kindle via Amazon for $1.99.

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Bannerwing Books, Angela Amman, Mandy Dawson, Cameron D Garriepy, Kameko Murakami, Kate Shrewsday, Andra Watkins, Elizabeth YonEchoes in Darkness


“Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light…”

Stories of darkness and light — physical… otherworldly… and in the human spirit. From dangerous to romantic to chilling, this collection showcases seven absorbing tales and an unforgettable cast of characters.

In Kate Shrewsday’s “To Hear the Dead Proclaim,” a trans-Atlantic air traveler comforts her seat mate with a sympathetic ear. His story allows her into the mind of a genius, but some conversations are best left unspoken.

In “Flutters,” Angela Amman takes us into the steamy Savannah heat, where the last surviving daughter in a family of women with extraordinary powers struggles to maintain her mother’s legacy at all costs.

Helen has lived her life obsessed with a statue, going so far as to travel the world for a glimpse of it in person. The consequences of her trip reveal an ancient curse and leave Helen’s life forever changed in Mandy Dawson’s “Awakening.”

Previously published as a stand-alone short, Cameron D. Garriepy’s “Requiring of Care” follows Lucy Montgomery to an unusual job interview. The would-be nanny is pulled into the world of Violet, a little girl who holds fragments of a haunting story.

“Bad Deal,” an excerpt from Andra Watkins’ debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis (Word Hermit Press, 2014), introduces us to an unusual little girl named Emmaline Cagney. Emmaline longs to fly from the dark side of her mother’s affections, but what strangers lurk in the shadows?

From Kameko Murakami: A terrible accident robbed Danaë of her life, but not by killing her. Instead she is cursed, invisible to the world, with one exception: the dying. When her path crosses that of the one living man who knows she’s there, Danaë must decide if she is to remain “Unseen.” [Previously published.]

“Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light, Edie.” Nyctophobic Eden Summerhill has nowhere to go but the lonely family farmhouse she’s inherited, but the darkness is waiting there for her in “Love Apples” by Elizabeth Yon.

 

The Literary Anthology of Write on Edge
Write on Edge

The Literary Anthology of Write on EdgeThis debut collection of essays and short fiction showcases twenty-one pieces by seventeen authors from the Write on Edge community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13In the second volume of Precipice, twenty-four authors from the Write on Edge community explore the concept of luck in twenty-six works of poetry, short fiction and memoir.