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The Life of Payne by Shelia E. Bell Physically, emotionally and mentally abused by his drug-addicted mother, fifteen-year-old Payne Washington, the oldest of five brothers and sisters, feels the weight of the world on his shoulders. What will it take for things to change for him and his brothers and sisters? Will he ever have a normal life, or will he always be destined to live a life of pain? For Love or Liberty by Jennifer Hudson Taylor Conrad and Charlotte are locked in a battle of wills as the War of 1812 rages around them. Could their bickering be a sign of attraction? She tries to ignore this growing affection between them because she is afraid of loving a man duty-bound to war. When battle breaks out on Lake Erie and Conrad fails to return, Charlotte fears the worst. Far As the Eye Can See by Robert Bausch Union veteran Bobby Hale seeks meaning in the Black Hills of the Dakotas. Far As the Eye Can See is the story of life in a place where every minute is an engagement in a kind of war of survival, and how two people—a white man and a mixed-race woman—in the midst of majesty and violence can manage to find a pathway to their own humanity. Disenchanted by Leigh Goff Suspenseful, dark, romantic, and brimming with old magic, Disenchanted captures the intrigue of New England’s witch lore. Sixteenyear-old Sophie’s spellcasting gift is emerging. Unless the young witch learns how to tap into the mysterious power of her diamond blood charm, a dark secret could destroy her and the boy she’s forbidden to fall for. Chapel Springs Revival by Ane Mulligan With their marriages as much in need of restoration as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of miscommunication and mishaps, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs. First, they must convince their husbands and the town council, led by curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic. Bethany’s Calendar by Elaine Marie Cooper Elaine Cooper’s world turned upside down. One minute her daughter seemed fine, the next she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Elaine used her nursing skills to help Bethany battle an unseen enemy; she also learned to recognize the hand of God on her daughter’s life. A story of fear and faith, commitment and compassion. Whippoorwill Calls by Gabrielle Songe For the art and poetry lover, Whippoorwill Calls, a thin read, features seven freestyle poems describing a poet’s journey through romance, grief and whimsy, highlighted with 22 pencil, Conte’ crayon and pen-and-ink sketches. Red, brown and golden tone figure studies are showcased in the paperback and hardcover editions. Incense & Peppermints by Carole Bellacera 62-year-old Cindy Sweet receives a Facebook message from a dead man, Warrant Officer Ryan Quinlan, who supposedly lost his life in Vietnam forty years earlier. He was her fiancé before an RPG took out his chopper, killing all aboard. A novel about patriotism, loyalty, love, courage and devastating loss during the most unpopular war in U.S. history. Tread Carefully on the Sea by David K. Bryant Captain Flint, one of the most successful buccaneers of the colonial era, comes out of retirement to commit one last crime more daring than ever: kidnap the daughter of the Governor of Jamaica. This leads to a desperate chase across the Caribbean and the horrors of 18th Century life at sea for Jessica and those who try to help her. A Little Lower Than the Angels by Caryl McAdoo For the earth’s first couple, obedience trumps rebellion, then leads to redemption. But what of their children? Bereaved of all their children in one day, Adam and Eve are heartbroken and forced to start over. Again the first couple is tested, and must wait upon the Lord’s blessing to begin again. Can they walk in obedience for seventy long years? Southern Writers 13