Literature & Fiction

April 30, 2019

Four Years of Despair

"Four Years of Despair" by Jalesa Morrison

Jaunell Morris was a typical kid: hanging out with friends and going to school. Although being tease occasionally and living in one of the poorest and dangerous towns in southern Illinois, Jaunell was a happy and talented child. Things turned for the worse for Jaunell shortly after her thirteenth birthday. Joan, Jaunell’s mother, believed that Jaunell was going through a phrase. But Jaunell’s increasingly violent behavior proved her wrong. Obnoxious behavior and suicidal thoughts led Jaunell to Chestnut mental health hospital where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After being discharge from Chestnut, Joan felt like she had her daughter back. But that was far from the truth. Things went from bad to worse for the Morris family throughout the years. Refusing to take medication, fighting, truancy, and suicide attempts led to multiple hospitalizations for Jaunell. As Jaunell began to deteriorate, the people who were supposed to help her began to belittle her and calling her names no child should hear. After multiple hospitalizations Joan had reach her breaking point. She founded a long-term residential center out of state that will give Jaunell the help that she needs. But the cost is making it difficult. Will Jaunell receive the help that she desperately needs?

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April 12, 2019

Shades of Blue

"Shades of Blue: The Journey of Awakening" by Gino Vallejo

Shades of Blue: The Journey of Awakening is a collection of eighty soulful poems by West Coast dreamer Gino Vallejo. Including fresh and former works, the volume bears witness to life’s continua—no emotional hue forgotten. Adding to the experience, long-time collaborator Stephanie LeVasseur provides a dazzling range of illustrations to compliment prominent pieces. Altogether larger-than-life, the tour depicts transcendence. From a celestial introduction, “The Heavenly Gate”, Vallejo’s voyage proceeds through time and space, navigating all manner of subject-matter. Selections such as ‘Purple Rome’ and ‘Cleopatra: The Song of the Nile’ meditate upon history’s cyclical nature, fixing on awesome fact. Others, like “Awaiting Venus”, walk us through mystical annals of lore, while ‘Diamond Star’ and kindred pieces celebrate love’s deliverance. Where ‘The Ecstasy of Gold’ and “Vanity” denounce man’s flaws, “Fruit of My Life” revels in fatherhood. “Searching Far and Wide” speculates on the key to happiness, “End of Days” assesses modern tyranny, “A Warrior’s Legacy” serves to humanize the soldier’s plight, and “Through a Winter’s Cold” emphasizes the need for God in our hearts. Along the way, we study loss, America’s reputation abroad, terrorism, heartbreak, art and what it means to live.

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April 9, 2019

EMP NYC

"EMP NYC: A Big-City Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller" by Cal Wilson

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | An attack on America’s electrical grid. A terrorist onslaught. A city on the brink of collapse. One man will stand his ground. Emergency service worker David Vaughn cares deeply for his neighbors, the people of New York City, so when Iran detonates an electromagnetic pulse and takes out the grid, he feels obligated to stay and help the survivors in the lawless aftermath. But surrounded by chaos and carnage, it’s only a matter of time before his helping hands harden into vengeful fists. As a second wave of destruction looms, David partners with local Mossad agents to destroy the terrorists’ headquarters. But with the window of escape from Manhattan closing and friends dying all around him, he fears his altruism may have only sealed everyone’s fate in blood. Can David serve up justice before his quest for revenge gets him and his friends killed? E.M.P. NYC is the second book in the action-packed All At Once post-apocalyptic adventure series. If you like survivalist adventures, dystopian cityscapes, and gutsy heroes fighting incredible odds, then you’ll love Cal Wilson’s edge-of-your-seat thriller.

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April 5, 2019

Follow Her Heart

"Follow Her Heart: The Heart Series" by M. L. Taylor

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | In Jessie Denton’s world, she is battered and nearly molested by her step-brother Martin on a regular basis.  Her internal dialogue starts out the same way every day - “I only need to make it through one more day - just one more day, and I can leave this place.” Her way of life, as she knows it is pathetic and deplorable, hardly being a notch above the street rats that scurry at her heels for food. The bruises on her face will fade...because they always did, and she always managed to get by. UNTIL THE NIGHT SHE MET HIM. It started out the same as any another night-cheating and stealing at cards. But when her hand brushed against his-all hope became lost for her. Sir Lucian Hawthorne would rather have been anywhere else that night.  The Mate’s Table was a dive bar on the Mercy River and he met his friends for an innocent night of playing cards. That is until his eyes held the sapphire ones of the waif sitting on his right. He knew the cocky lad cheated, and it angered him. So he waited for him, concealed in the shadows in a darkened alley. Now everything had changed for him. What he assumed to be a disheveled boy, turned out to be a beautiful young woman. Now she and her blue eyes tormented his dreams nightly, and he struggled to erase her from his mind. Can their chance encounter survive the disparity between two contrasting lives and cause love to grow? Or will betrayal, secrets, and lies tear them apart forever? Book 1 of The Love Triangle Series.

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