New Arrivals - Fiction
A collection of short works set in a range of fantastical settings explores such themes as disproportional guilt, the reinvention of self, and the powerful urges to defend and provide for loved ones.
A single mother tracks down the father of her three-year-old daughter, Angel, in Wyoming. There, Heather uses some of the town's most outrageous characters to help win Todd over as Angel's father--and maybe even as Heather's husband.
Judy Maddox, a young FBI agent, is assigned to track down a terrorist group who have threatened to trigger a man-made earthquake if their demands are not met. With the help of seismologist Michael Quercus, Judy must race to beat the terrorist deadline and save San Francisco from being brought down in ruins.
Returning to the insular Galveston home town of her youth in the wake of a family tragedy, photographer Clare Porterfield is drawn into a century-old mystery involving a woman who drowned during the Hurricane of 1900.
"At fifteen, Josh Paquette and Khadijah Silvergate-Dunn catch Josh's father and Khadijah's mother kissing in a natural foods store. As both of their families fall apart, the teenagers sign a pact never to cheat on anyone, ever. They have no problem keeping the vow-- until they meet again at twenty-eight, both struggling with career and identity, and both engaged to other people" -- dust jacket flap.
"1954, Vixen 03 is down. The plane, bound for the Pacific carrying thirty-six Doomsday bombs-canisters armed with quick-death germs of unbelievable potency-vanished. Vixen has in fact crashed into an ice-covered lake in Colorado. 1968, Dirk Pitt, who heroically raised the Titanic, discovers the wreckage of Vixen 03. But two deadly canisters are missing. They're in the hands of a terrorist group. Their lethal mission: to sail a battleship seventy-five miles up the Potomac and blast Washington, D.C., to kingdom come. Only Dirk can stop them."--P.  of cover.
Losing her home when her owner passes away, Prudence the cat is taken in by her former owner's grieving daughter, who maintains a meticulously organized life to avoid the pain of past losses and memories about her dynamic relationship with her mother.
Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, searches for the perfect plaintiff to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.
When her father is tossed in jail for hiding a barn full of undocumented Mexicans, her ten-year-old nephew disappears, and her son comes home, bringing trouble with him, Sweet is driven to desperate actions to fix things, which tests her family, friends,and neighbors in unexpected ways.
Longing for the high-school days when she was popular and feared, thirty-seven-year-old Lyssy Ryder moves back into her parents' home after being dumped by her husband, a situation that compels her to try to change the mean person she was as a teenager.
Like a little Freud in your fiction? C.P. Boyko's new collection is a dream come true. Perversely funny new work.
"... accompanies the characters from 'Breakfast with Buddha' as they move further along the path toward lasting peace of mind"--From publisher description.
A tale set on an Indian Ocean island in a large family compound presided over by a stalwart matriarch relates the story of a marriage ceremony that ends with a pregnant widowed bride.
When a young veterinarian whose husband has recently been murdered comes across an astonishing discovery in the woods near her animal hospital, she soon finds herself in the company of an unconventional FBI agent.
"The protagonist of Ron Currie, Jr.'s new novel has a problem--or rather, several of them. He's a writer whose latest book was destroyed in a fire. He's mourning the death of his father, and has been in love with the same woman since grade school, a woman whose beauty and allure is matched only by her talent for eluding him. Worst of all, he's not even his own man, but rather an amalgam of fact and fiction from Ron Currie's own life. When Currie the character exiles himself to a small Caribbean island to write a new book about the woman he loves, he eventually decides to fake his death, which turns out to be the best career move he's ever made. But fame and fortune come with a price, and Currie learns that in a time of twenty-four-hour news cycles, reality TV, and celebrity Twitter feeds, the one thing the world will not forgive is having been told a deeply satisfying lie"--Provided by publisher.
Fascinated with America, young Saba Hafezi of 1980s Iran becomes convinced that her suddenly missing mother and twin sister have departed for America without her, a situation that compels her to envision her twin's Western life throughout subsequent years.
In post-war Montreal, a young enigmatic woman arrives to meet her betrothed only to be turned down by him. She marries his brother instead and their quiet life together is shattered when it becomes apparent she has stolen another's identity.
"After an accident leaves his wife Elle brain dead, Matt Beaulieu, resolving to take her off life support, changes his mind when the doctors discover that she is pregnant - a decision that results in a controversial legal battle with Elle's family"--from publisher.
"An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He's exacting, blunt, inconsiderate--and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family's massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who'd been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative--completely infuriating--creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he's never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe's so tempting he's willing to bend the rules--or outright smash them--if it means he can have her. All over the office As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they're willing to lose in order to win each other. Originally only available online as The Office by tby789--and garnering over 2 million reads on fanfiction sites--Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release. "-- Provided by publisher.
Estranged from the husband who cloistered himself in his bedroom three years earlier after a devastating tragedy, Silke hires a young Japanese woman to draw him back into the world by establishing a deeply intimate relationship with him.
Famous for his fifty-year-old self-help book on love and relationships, Peter engages in a passionless relationship after the death of his wife and questions the validity of his advice when an ambitious young editor launches a contest for struggling couples based on his book.
Gabe is one of the richest and most powerful men in the country, used to always getting what he wants. When he saw Mia walk into his hotel's grand opening, he knew he shouldn't act on his desires, after all she is his best friend's little sister. Ever since Mia was a teenager she has always had a crush on Gabe. She knows he is too old and too out of her league but she is determined to do something to make him notice her. As Gabe pulls her into his world they begin an affair that is both intense and obesessive.
Coming of age in the patrician neighborhood of Pasadena, California during the 1960s, Rebecca Madden and her beautiful, reckless friend Alex dream of lives beyond their mothers' narrow expectations. Their struggle to define themselves against the backdrop of an American cultural revolution unites them early on, until one sweltering eveing the summer before their last year of college, when a single act of betrayal changes everything. Decades later, Rebecca's haunting meditation on the past reveals the truth about that night, the years that followed, and the friendship that shaped her. -- Publisher's description.
Restaurant owner Lillian manages an unexpected challenge while sharing her days with a circle of friends and regulars, including ritual-performing accountant Al, heartbroken chef Chloe, and unobtrusive giant Finnegan.