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Hells Bend – A Moment From Eternity

Have you ever heard of the “ripple effect”? Have you ever considered that one selfish, stupid decision could change your family…your community…your whole life…forever?
In this story, based on true-life events, Jake Adams discovers that his choices have unintended consequences—both for good and for evil. And through those choices, God displays how He weaves the threads of a life into a tapestry, working “all things together for good”…even selfish, stupid decisions.

Hell’s Bend is a gripping, fast-paced story with clever plot twists and some surprising outcomes that entertain and challenge both teen and adult readers.- Tim Wildmon, President, American Family Association

In this debut novel, Angie Camp crafts a fast-paced, engaging novel with characters who illustrate the best and the worst of Christ-followers. With its surprising plot twists, engaging characters and too-real conflicts, it will keep the reader up late and challenge any serious reader to take inventory of his own faith.-Randall Murphree, Editor, AFA Journal, American Family Association

“To mourn is to know God and His deepest wounds for His Son who bore our infirmities and our sorrows. This intimate, honest, and unforgettable story of tragedy and triumph takes you on a journey, as despair is conquered and the wounded are made whole again.”–Merle Temple, The Redeemed

“God’s grace and mercy is something many of us hold on to as we navigate life. The unexpected ups and downs, the decisions we make and the people’s lives we touch and are touched by, help define who we are. Hell’s Bend is a story that shows all of this to be true. I had intended to read Hell’s Bend” over a week of traveling, but God had another plan. Once I started it, I could not put it down until I was finished! I was riveted by the stories of each person and the twists and turns they each encountered. God has a plan. You’re in it. How will you handle the bend in your life?”- Stephen Tybor III, President – Eight Days of Hope/Hope Reigns

“A young man’s arrogance and pride – with a spoonful of boyish lust for a classic muscle car – is a formula for disaster. And yet, this is a story of redemption and grace. A novel of pain, brokenness, and second chances…Hell’s Bend has it all.” – Chad McMahan, Senator, Mississippi Senate District 6

Angie Camp is a worship leader, speaker and first-time author. The single mother of five resides in Northeast Mississippi where she is continuing her education through Liberty University Online in Christian Counseling.

Barry Westmoreland, a native of North Mississippi, served as co-author for Hell’s Bend: A Moment From Eternity. Although a salesman by trade, his own life experiences inspired Barry to initiate this project. He and his wife, Donna, currently reside in South Alabama.

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Elegy in Scarlet

When crime consultant Scott Drayco’s long-AWOL mother returns and is charged with murder, he becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth even though everyone tells him to walk away. As he falls deeper into secrets, lies and cons, he begins to suspect the case may be all part of an elaborate scam … where the only one being fooled is Drayco himself.

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ESFIR IS ALIVE

The story of a young Jewish girl before, during, and after the Holocaust. Inspired by a true story of survival.

In the Graveyard Antemortem

Seventeen-year-old Lisa Jacobs is determined to solve her father’s gruesome murder. But before she can investigate in her own small town, she is forced to spend the summer with her Uncle Clayton, the owner of Grand Hallow–a massive funeral and mortuary operation the size of a small city. Her move to Grand Hallow only deepens the mystery as she begins to suspect the strange and chilling occurrences there are linked to her father’s death. With the help of her acid-tongued best friend and deadbeat brother, Lisa must unravel the secrets of Grand Hallow–before it’s too late. In the Graveyard Antemortem is a mystery/suspense novel with a healthy dash of horror.

Bully

“The L Word” meets “Kramer vs Kramer.” When Wendy meets Windy they quickly fall for each other, despite Wendy’s plans for a baby. But when Windy reveals herself to be a deadbeat, Wendy breaks it off, only to be horrified to find Windy has filed for custody of Wendy’s own daughter to fatal effect…

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Burn Baby Burn

Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Nora’s family life isn’t going so well either: her bullying brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, her mother is helpless and falling behind on the rent, and her father calls only on holidays. All Nora wants is to turn eighteen and be on her own. And while there is a cute new guy who started working with her at the deli, is dating even worth the risk when the killer likes picking off couples who stay out too late? Award-winning author Meg Medina transports us to a time when New York seemed balanced on a knife-edge, with tempers and temperatures running high, to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit — and the hardest to accept.

The Journal Keeper: A Memoir

Essayist Phyllis Theroux has long captivated readers with her pitch-perfect rendering of the inner lives of American women. The Journal Keeper is a memoir of six years in her life. A natural storyteller, Theroux slips her arm companionably into yours, like an old friend going for a stroll. But Theroux’s stride is long, her eye sharp, and she swings easily between subjects that occupy us all: love, loneliness, growing old, financial worries, spiritual growth, and watching her remarkable mother prepare for death. Theroux began to keep a journal when she was in distress. It saved her life by helping her to see circumstances more clearly. With nuggets of wisdom, The Journal Keeper is a rich feast from a writing life—with a surprising romantic twist. But it was not until Theroux sat down to edit her journals for publication did she realize, in her words, “that a hand much larger and more knowing than my own was guiding my life and pen across the page.” She makes a good case for this being true for us all.

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The Kennedy Endeavor

“Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear Sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.” John F. Kennedy

For 13 days in October 1962 the world came the closest to nuclear Armageddon. On 22 November 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated. On the 25th of November, as Kennedy’s body lay in state at the Rotunda in Washington, Anastas Mikyoan, Khrushchev’s top adviser, presented the Premier’s condolences to Jacqueline Kennedy. She took Mikoyan’s hand in both hers and told him: “I am sure that Chairman Khrushchev and my husband could have been successful in the search for peace, and they were really striving for that. Now the Chairman must continue the agreed upon endeavor and bring it to completion.”

On 12 October 1964, a Washington socialite named Mary Meyer was shot in the back of the head and through the heart at point-blank range. She had been married to a high-ranking CIA agent. More importantly, she had been carrying on an affair with President John F. Kennedy and was one of his most trusted friends, at his side through the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

On 13 October 1964, the day after Mary Meyer’s murder, the Soviet Politburo forced Nikita Khrushchev to resign from power and put him under house arrest.

Today, Paul Ducharme and Evie Tolliver unveil a Fail Safe type scenario brokered by President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev and race against time before the archaic Sword of Damocles initiates World War III.

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Drinky Crow Drinks Again

Tony Millionaire’s Maakies is one of the longest-running and most decorated weekly comic strips in America, garnering multiple Harvey and Eisner Awards since it debuted in 1994. Drinky Crow Drinks Again collects over 200 Maakies strips from the past half-decade for the very first time! Featuring the comical high-seas adventures of a booze-soaked corvid (they don’t call him “Drinky” Crow for nothin’) and his equally-soused simian pal (Uncle Gabby), Maakies blends vaudevillestyle humor and a breathtaking line that hearkens back to the glory days of the American comic strip. Maakies suggests a contemporary collaboration between E.C. Segar, creator of Popeye, and seafaring novelist Patrick O’Brian (Master and Commander). Millionaire has won multiple Harvey and Eisner Awards and is also the creator of the popular Sock Monkey and Billy Hazelnuts books.

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The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking

In The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking, award-winning film director and Slamdance Film Festival co-founder Dan Mirvish offers a rich exploration of the process and culture of making low-budget, independent films. Once labelled a “cheerful subversive” by The New York Times, Mirvish shares his unfiltered pragmatic approach to scriptwriting, casting, directing, producing, managing a crew, post-production, navigating the film festival circuit without going broke, distributing your film, mounting an Oscar® campaign, dealing with piracy and building a career. Mirvish gives you soup-to-nuts, toes-to-noes, cradle-to-grave detailed advice on every aspect of the filmmaking lifestyle and craft while dropping laser-guided truth bombs on playing the Hollywood game, and getting your feature, documentary, short film, YouTube video, TV show or Hollywood blockboster made and seen.

The book draws on Dan’s own 25 years of experiences in the trenches of indie filmmaking, as well as lessons he’s learned personally from such luminaries as Robert Altman, Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, Steven Soderbergh, Rian Johnson, Alexander Payne, Marc Forster, Whit Stillman, Harold Ramis, John Carpenter, Jon Bokenkamp, Lynn Shelton and Joe & Anthony Russo.

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The Sound of Us

Kiki Nichols might not survive music camp.

She’s put her TV-loving, nerdy self aside for one summer to prove she’s got what it takes: she can be cool enough to make friends, she can earn that music scholarship, and she can get into Krause University’s music program.

Except camp has rigid conduct rules—which means her thrilling late-night jam session with the hot drummer can’t happen again, even though they love all the same TV shows, and fifteen minutes making music with him meant more than every aria she’s ever sung.

But when someone starts snitching on rule breakers and getting them kicked out, music camp turns into survival of the fittest. If Kiki’s going to get that scholarship, her chance to make true friends—and her chance with the drummer guy—might cost her the future she wants more than anything.

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The Folly Under the Lake

Set in the early 1930s at a country house in Surrey. Witton Park is owned by crooked, multi-millionaire, oil speculator Walter Sinnet and he lives there with his wife Blanche and their two adult children Harry and Rose. Harry is a good-natured bookworm who spends most of his time in the library, and has nothing in common with his father who wants him to work in the family company. His sister Rose, fun but feisty, wants some excitement in her life. Walter has become a multi-millionaire by swindling the investors in his company and has a vast lake and underwater folly engineered and put onto his property. People can sit in the folly and look through the windows into the lake and watch the fish swim past. The Sinnet family have a weekend house party and amongst them are Joseph Brewer and his wife Florence who are a couple in need of money who are desperate to invest in Walter’s business. Another guest is Hattie Abberton, who has been invited by Blanche and has a big secret to hide. Other guests include grieving widow Cordelia Brown, who is Blanche Sinnet’s niece, jewellery expert George Brown and Blanche’s childhood friend Aubrey Sapping, who is in love with her. That night a storm happens that is so severe that a large tree falls down over the entrance gates making it impossible for anyone to leave the estate. The next morning Florence Brewer’s jewellery has disappeared and a dead body is found floating in the lake facing down through the folly’s glass roof. Inspector Marcus Thomas and his son James, who has a day off school because of the storm, soon arrive at the property. Along with bumbling sidekick Constable Turner, the three set out to solve the mystery.

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