Books are ALWAYS the perfect gift. And what better way to support your favorite local and independent authors than by purchasing and gifting their books! Here are suggestions of books I’ve read, loved and whole-heartedly encourage you to read and SHARE!
When Naomi Price walks into Alex’s Comics Clubhouse one day asking for help cataloging thousands of rare, inherited comicbooks, Alex is sure he’s hit the comics jackpot. Along with his two best friends and a ready supply of Mountain Dew, Alex embarks on a search for the elusive Action Comics #1, potentially worth millions. But when Alex meets Richard, Naomi’s overbearing fiancé, he knows something’s amiss.
As he slips back and forth between personas-affable retailer by day, hardboiled detective by night-Alex has trouble keeping his conspiracy theories in check. Torn between the reality of completing the job and the fantasy of rescuing the damsel in distress, Alex finds himself in trouble with everyone. With his fedora perched askance, cold Mountain Dew in hand, Alex presses on. He sets out to be the hero of his own story-even if it means losing the dame.
In a world teetering on the edge of darkness, Scarlet Singer’s life takes an unexpected turn when she becomes the center of a war between witches and demons, each vying for control over her regenerating body and the powers it holds. As Scarlet grapples with her own identity and the powers awakening within her, she finds herself confronted with a dark destiny that threatens to consume her.
When Scarlet stumbles upon a 19th-century journal, she must face her greatest fears and accept the possibility that she is the Fountain of Youth reincarnated. She must embark on a quest to discover the things that truly make her human. Scarlet is faced with an impossible choice: embrace her extraordinary gifts and risk losing her humanity or reject her destiny and the powers that could save her.
Gene and Toots: A Story of Love…and Recovery, is a poignant and uplifting account of one couple’s nearly thirty-year love affair. Two divorced adults with five teenagers between them, Marilea and Gene weren’t looking for love. They were content to lay back and enjoy their freedom. But then love found them. At mid-life. When men and women often start dreaming about second chances.
Energized by hope, attracted by desire, Gene and Toots is a memoir about the power of love, how two people with plenty of baggage came together and took that second chance they’d not dared hope for. No one was more surprised than Marilea to be so smitten with Gene from the very start.
Gene and Toots is the third and last in a series of memoirs, all of them about recovery from substance use disorder. The first two books are unflinchingly honest and raw, leaving little to the imagination. Gene and Toots is a fitting conclusion to Marilea’s recovery story, painting a detailed picture of the power of love in seeking one’s own redemption and transformation.
1966, the Beatles and “Leave It to Beaver” reign, the Vietnam War and Civil Rights rage, feminism is unheard of, and Linda’s first baby is diagnosed with Down syndrome. Linda refuses to institutionalize him, determined to raise Steve at home. For the two more sons who follow and her husband, Linda tries to fulfill cultural norms as a homemaker, a woman whose voice is seldom heard or valued. But it isn’t her nature to be meek.
Linda struggles to provide Steve an education at a time when disability rights don’t exist. Her advocacy focuses first on integrating him into the community, then, as he grows into adulthood, landing a real job and independent housing. Pioneering what’s now called “inclusion,” Linda follows her heart to help Steve develop his fullest humanity.
Over these same decades, Linda learns to advocate for herself as well, starting with a career in public education. When she unexpectedly falls in love with a woman, her life path takes unforeseen turns. Linda must dig deep to accept her new identity before she’s ready to meet her true soulmate. Throughout, unwavering love for all her sons is her lodestar.
Man Alone is set in and around a complex Seattle where Rat City meets the Billionaires’ Club. Zene, a man alone, lives in a chaotic, sexually disruptive and violence-wrecked world. His life ruined after a chain of disappointments and falls—the fruits of his violent nature—Zene runs into Karizma, a love-creature from his past, and he’s smitten again, knowing all the while that for him, there’s no future in love. Not your basic romance, for sure.
From its opening scene on a bar stool, to Zene’s denouement, walking into the tunnel of darkness, the novel beguiles the reader with images that arrest, unmask, and reflect Everyman’s fated existential dialogue with self. Man Alone’s stripped-down cadence—peeling away the veneer of words—achieves an apotheosis of carnal sensuality where two bodies combine into one . . . this author’s luminous reveal. —Dennis Must, author of MacLeish Sq. et al
Jack Remick has invented a new genre—Pulp Literature. In Man Alone, Remick delivers lines with the deadpan of a pulp detective on the crime-trail . . . Remick’s characters engaged in the base pursuit of their own ends, burn up in the fire of their own kindling . . . Remick builds on a theory of masks and unmasking, and, in the stunningly poetic images that run in Zene’s observations, you see a writer as observer whose characters have depth as well as a fatal blind spot. In Man Alone Remick has come into some kind of new literary superpower. —Christine Runyon, poet
A cozy fantasy romcom coming-of-age story. Fans of Sophie Kinsella and Rainbow Rowell will love this heartwarming upload about sisterhood, love, and what it means to be human.
When two sisters quarrel, humanity is on the brink of extinction. Mona, the logical scientist and computer coder of Earth, has been caught trying to delete humankind yet again. Her sister Penny, the passionate and impulsive coder behind humans, challenges her to upload to earth, live in a human’s shoes, and experience their emotions before she carries out her plans to delete the human race forever.
For eons, mankind has exploited the Earth, heedless of the consequences of their actions. Fueled by a desperate need to safeguard her creation, and with a bit of glitter, Mona uploads into her first human meat sack – a teenage girl – and quickly learns what it’s like to feel loathing, desire, and friendship. But as she delves deeper into human history and their cruelty towards each other and Earth, she decides they’re not worth saving. Overwhelmed by emotions, Mona is torn between wiping the entirety of Earth with the push of a button and fulfilling her bargain with Penny.
Her mission is to understand the profound depth of human emotions and discover whether humanity possesses the capacity to heal the wounds they have inflicted upon the world. Can she learn to be human, even with all their faults?
Join us as we embark on new adventures, not as solitary wanderers, but as a vibrant community of explorers united by our shared love for discovery and storytelling. In this anthology, each page invites you to join travelers from the Wayfaring Writers’ community as we recount our escapades and soul-stirring encounters in Oaxaca, Mexico. Our stories span the spectrum of human experience, bound together by the thread of curiosity that binds us all.
But this anthology is more than just a collection of travel tales. Oaxaca, A Wayfaring Writers’ Anthology, is an embodiment of the Wayfaring Writers’ spirit-a tapestry woven from the voices of diverse storytellers, each contributing their unique perspective to create a mosaic of shared experiences. Whether you’re an armchair traveler or a globetrotter at heart, these pages will ignite your wanderlust and inspire you to embark on your own extraordinary journey.
When his small Honda is rear-ended by a much larger vehicle (traveling at 55 miles per hour), the Honda is demolished and while the small car’s owner manages to walk away, he suffers extensive brain injury. His struggle to regain memory, sense of smell, vision without the aid of dark glasses, life without headaches, and the ability to cry, lasts several years. In that time the author of A Quest for Tears joins a large group of people also suffering from traumatic brain injury as they move together through a long and painful struggle to regain life “before” the loss of tears.
The world needs nurturing, now more than ever. The impulse to “care for and encourage the growth or development” of any life provides nourishment to all life everywhere. From protecting our planet-mother Earth to rearing a healthy child, we give and receive nurturing throughout our lifetime, and we feel the power of nurturers in our lives. Teachers appear, and helpers make a difference. Helping life to thrive is an essential part of being human.
For this issue of Real Women Write, SCN’s member-authors reflected on the varied way—good, bad, and ugly—that we mother or are mothered, and on the significance of giving and receiving mentoring guidance and care. You are likely to find kinship and validation in this collection of 85 thoughtful pieces of prose, poetry, and fiction from 68 SCN women writers.
The author takes the reader on a journey from the sheltered suburban life of a white girl-through trying marijuana and dancing to Janis Joplin during the Summer of Love in San Francisco, having a spiritual epiphany about the Oneness of the Universe while on an entomology camping expedition across Africa, and then returning to realize that the Flower Children she’d left behind had somehow shared her epiphany. Carol is shocked to realize the depths of injustice of the world, the nefarious workings of her own government, and the extent of racism even in her own liberal family. Through the struggles and joys of protests against the Vietnam war, picnics in Golden Gate Park, a new relationship, and becoming awakened to white privilege, as a teacher in inner-city Oakland, she changes the direction of her life. Carol seeks to lead her life in ways that align with the woven Tapestry she perceives as the interconnection of all parts of the universe.
So ends the first poem in William Carlos Williams’ quirky, iconic Spring and All, published in 1923. One hundred years later, the Red Wheelbarrow Writers’ Spring and All 2023 anthology takes up its challenge: “Profound change” lies at the heart of each piece. Some authors write with raffish humor, some with wry nostalgia, some with elegiac undercurrents. These authors display a dazzling array of poetry and prose: art seeking to articulate insight. Across a broad canvas of expression, Spring and All 2023 writers contend with life’s “Aha!” moments. That uplifting “Aha!” might take place in a train rattling across a foreign landscape, or in front of an enigmatic lilac bush, or during a Midwestern summer afternoon with a baseball game wafting in from the radio, even on an ordinary driveway. Spring and All 2023 offers readers a sense of awakening, sparking deeper understanding, renewed wonder, and refreshed reverence.
Have you ever wished you could run away and leave your life behind? Born on the “Day of the Wanderer,” Lisa Dailey has always been filled with wanderlust. Although she and her husband had planned to take their family on a ’round-the-world adventure, she didn’t expect their plans to come together on the heels of grief, after losing seven family members in five years. Square Up shows us that travel not only helps us understand and appreciate other cultures, but invites us to find compassion and wisdom, heal from our losses, and discover our capacity for forgiveness, as well as joy.
Lorinda Boyer strove continuously to be virtuous in the eyes of God and to live the life she believed He intended for her. She married her high school boyfriend at eighteen and had two kids by twenty-eight. Although she created a perfect Christian home for her family, she never felt wholly content in her role as wife and mother. Then her life intersected with Robin’s-the woman who would ultimately awaken her sexuality and show her true love for the first time. Struggling to come to terms with her sexual identity within the confines of her strict fundamentalist Christian upbringing, Lorinda is pushed into living a double life: one-part perfect housewife and mother, the other part sexual addict. She soon finds herself in the fight for her life. More than a coming-out story, this is a coming-into story-coming into an authentic life and self.
Taming the Dragon is a remarkable story of resilience and return to authenticity. It is the memoir of a creative young soul; oppressed by society and told he was unacceptable. Gary denied his essential self in an attempt to conform. On the surface, he survived the desperate search for approval from family, friends, and community. He even thrived professionally. But he struggled and suffered personally as time and again his true nature cried out.
Gary’s rocky path took him through a heart-wrenching divorce and overt discrimination into a series of dysfunctional relationships carrying years of unhealthy emotional baggage. Then, as a new millennium dawned, it also ushered in a spiritual awakening. Insight, creativity, and integrity returned through fits and starts, bright successes, and dark failures. Taming the Dragon is an emotional rollercoaster of laughter and tears, madness and miracles. It shows us all that self-love and healthy relationships are possible, regardless of age or past mistakes.
What fun is time travel when there’s a shape-shifting alien trying to kill you, your best friend is a ghost, and you can’t seem to escape even yourself for long? One man sees the future; another is trying to destroy it.
After a brush with death at the tender age of nine, Faer Michelson has a near-perfect autobiographical memory. He has a good life, loving wife, and he’s only mildly concerned about Y2K. Sure, no one else remembers Bobby Kennedy was president or that time an alien took over the TV to declare war, but what’s that in the grand scheme of things? Then one day Faer remembers something that he can’t shrug off: his own death in 1968.
It turns out, the Time Warp isn’t just a song in Rocky Horror. Faer finds himself stranded in the past with a shape-shifting alien and an apparition of his best friend. An unearthly decree is made before Faer can sort out how to get home: save yourself, then save the world.
Armed robbers, a hijacked boat, kidnapped children, a storm at sea, and one desperate father. What could go wrong?
A fatal accident at his gym leaves former trainer and Navy veteran, Jake Burton, broke and divorced. When a temporary restraining order prevents him from seeing the only person he loves, his seven-year-old daughter, Emily, Jake loses the will to fight.
But when Emily’s second-grade class goes on a whale-watching field trip, Jake risks the consequences, bribes the boat’s mechanic, and in disguise, sneaks aboard the vessel.
Across town, three teenage boys are out to grab easy money by robbing a convenience store, but things get ugly when one boy pulls a gun and shoots the store clerk. Running from the police, the teens find themselves aboard the whale-watching boat, where Emily’s teacher mistakes them for assistants from the local high school.
A fierce storm turns day to night and churns the sea to turbulence. A child falls overboard, shots are fired, and the boat’s communication system is destroyed. Law enforcement is out of range. Jake must overcome his demons and fight to save Emily’s life.
Hardcore and wanna-be runners have something in common. They all have to push back against resistance in order to suit up and get out the door. Once out the door, a runner will sometimes feel invigorated by the wind in her hair and the beat of her feet on the ground, while other times, she will fight for every footfall. Regardless of experience or level of competitiveness, every runner needs three things: encouragement, sound training advice, and a way to incorporate running into the rest of her life. 26.2 Life Lessons: Helping You Keep Pace with the Marathon of Life is full of all three. This little book is your cheerleader, marathon training guide, and your mindset coach all in one!
Born into an evangelical church family, Ronna grows up feeling lonely and unloved. She perceives herself as different-and thereby, unwanted-alienated by a faith hostile to outsiders. Unbeknownst to Ronna, her preacher-father is a closeted homosexual, inwardly raging at his suppressed sexuality. He raises his daughters with an iron hand, ensuring they conform to the church’s traditional values. Ronna rebels, believing she can leave her upbringing behind and walk away, unscathed.
Ronna unwittingly marries a man in denial about his own sexual preferences, caring for him and their four children almost singlehandedly. As their sex life and bank account dwindle to nothing, fear keeps her silent. When her father-previously spurned by his beloved church-dies of AIDS, Ronna is forced to reexamine her joyless existence. She finds the courage to stand on her own: pursuing her gifts and awakening to herself. In the process, she falls in love with her own life.