Mysterious Galaxy brings you the latest in our regular community events showcasing the local talent of more than a dozen authors — in our genres and beyond — who are enthused to share their works with us. We will mingle for a bit, hear a little about each author’s work, and have some holiday refreshments to top off the afternoon. There will be a variety of genres and subjects — ranging from bizarre inheritances to counter-terrorism — from history to mystery to fantasy. These fun gatherings are a great opportunity to meet new people and have a chance to support our local authors. You just might be the first to discover a future bestselling author of our time!
Participants at present include: Nupur Tustin, Philip Brown, Robert Schmidt, Andy Peloquin, Jon Wesick, Matthew Wolf, Melissa Buell, Tone Milazzo, Tom Mohan, Claudia Ross, G.Wassil, Marlene Wagman-Geller, Eric Peterson, Reina Menasche, Patty Clark, Sandra Woffington, Janet Racciato, Lucas Turnbloom, and Daniel Robledo!
Kapellmeister Joseph Haydn would like nothing better than to show his principal violinist, Bartó Daboczi, the door. But with the Empress Maria Theresa's visit scheduled in three weeks, Haydn can ill-afford to lose his surly virtuoso.
But when Bartó disappears--along with all the music composed for the imperial visit--the Kapellmeister is forced to don the role of Kapell-detective, or risk losing his job.Before long Haydn's search uncovers pieces of a disturbing puzzle.
Bartó, it appears, is more than just a petty thief--and more dangerous. And what seemed like a minor musical mishap could modulate into a major political catastrophe unless Haydn can find his missing virtuoso.
The strange metallic element traveled light years to find its way into the hands of a teenage girl. She’s sixteen, skateboards, likes manga, streaked her hair lime green--and doesn’t realize her own genes carry an extraordinary power. Stung by the recent death of her mother, Dara Adengard conceals her mom’s picture under a square of grip tape on her skateboard. But no matter how much she tries to keep a foothold on the past, she can’t ride away from her own destiny.
Politics is a dirty business and it gets even dirtier when billionaire Ronald Tripp covets the Republican Presidential nomination. The Ronald’s first dirty deed is to take advantage of the wandering eye of the frontrunner, Senator Bill Flowers. Bill’s mistress is actually a porn star named Lola Fontaine and she was hired by The Ronald to blackmail Bill. When Bill drops out, Bill’s father, former Senator George Flowers Sr., has a revelation. He’ll just insert his other son George Flowers, Jr. into the race. Don Chambers, a Reagan era Republican political genius, and Martha Wilson, one of George Sr.’s executives, join George Sr. as part of the candidate’s team. The team has one significant challenge. Their candidate is one of God’s special creatures.
Natural Born Leader follows the adventures of George Jr. as he conducts himself in the same way any first grader might. Kids say the darnedest things, and George Jr. rarely reacts the way that a Presidential candidate should. With Martha’s damage control and the natural inclination of voters to believe in their candidate, George Jr. reacts just right. The Ronald is busy winning over conservatives with a show of guns, old time religion, a proposed moat to keep illegal immigrants out of the US and any other idea that can bring America back to the social norms of the 1950s. Natural Born Leader takes America’s rich, scandalous and embarrassing Presidential political history to the next level. Most Americans have long since realized that the best and the brightest rarely enter politics. This book proves that they should, because in America any citizen can one day be our President.
"They killed my parents. They took my name. They imprisoned me in darkness. I would not be broken." Viola, a child sold to pay her father's debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity. Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The Night Guild molds an innocent waif into a cunning, agile outlaw skilled in the thieves' trade. She has only one choice: steal enough to pay her debts. The cutthroat streets of Praamis will test her mettle, and she must learn to dodge the City Guards or swing from a hangman's rope. But a more dangerous foe lurks within the guild walls. A sadistic rival apprentice, threatened by her strength, is out for blood. What hope does one girl have in a world of ruthless men?
Following the devastating Race Wars, the ruling order concluded that only by eliminating differences could further bloodshed be prevented. After witnessing a brutal murder, clone Hal LK2154 joins a shadowy organization to apprehend the mutants supposedly responsible for such crimes. With increasing knowledge of the group’s police-state tactics, Hal learns that the roots of human violence grow deeper than the public suspects.
When legends come to life the world trembles from a single name. Ronin. Once-heroes from a different age, they wield elemental powers… wind, water, fire, stone, forest, sun, moon, flesh, and metal.
At the same time, a young man discovers his best friend with a sword in her stomach, and dark wings sprouting from her back. Guards rush onto the scene, accuse him of the act, and he is forced to flee. In a new world without his memories, Gray must find his way amid legends and darkness, as he wrestles with an elemental power inside himself.
A power all too similar to the infamous Ronin…
Break out the flip flops, bathing suits, and umbrella drinks, the authors of Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer, Spring Fever, and Trick or Sweet are back to celebrate summer with six new modern Jane Austen adaptations.
Slip Holidays with Jane: Summer of Love into your beach bag to add a little Austen to your vacation.
Twice Upon a Sea
by Melissa Buell
For Anne Elliot breaking up with Finn Wentworth her freshman year of college was the hardest moment of her life. Now six years later and working as a media liaison for the Naval History office, she runs into Finn—an experienced marine archaeologist. Is this her second chance at winning Finn's heart or will she be lost at sea?
When a letter informs fourteen-year-old Cinque Williams of the passing of the father he never met, he is faced with an incomplete past and an uncertain future. A curse meant for his father condemns Cinque to a slow death even as it opens his eyes to the strange otherworld around him.
Four years after the mysterious disappearance of his wife and daughter, John Burke wants nothing more than to end his own misery—until a confrontation with a peculiar little girl alters his life forever. As Burke’s world collides with that of the supernatural, he spirals into chaos beyond anything he could have imagined. Animated corpses, demons and a villain known only as the Serpent force Burke to face the reality of his past in order to save the future of mankind.
Julian Charles Chamberie left New Orleans with his father as a 10 year old boy after the unexpected death of his mother, vowing never to return. Now 24 years old, Julian is compelled to return to the Chevalier Mansion of New Orleans at the request of his 116 year old great-grandmother, Lela Chevalier Roberts, to order her affairs prior to her death. However, Julian soon discovers he is the "business" she wishes to order. Lela embarks on her mission to prepare Julian's soul for his role in the apocalyptic end time prophecy of Le Baton. Lela transports Julian to 19th century Louisiana with the story of her father and slave owner, Augustus Chevalier, and the angels and demons who molded and manipulated not only Augustus' life, but the destiny of Chevalier family, both slave and free, black and white.
Who Said Men Get to Monopolize the Glory?
Discover the Little Known Women Who Have Put the World's Alpha Males on the Map.
From ancient times to the present, men have gotten most of the good ink. Yet standing just outside the spotlight are the extraordinary, and overlooked, wives and companions who are just as instrumental in shaping the destinies of their famous--and infamous--men.
This witty, illuminating book reveals the remarkable stories of forty captivating females, from Constance Lloyd (Mrs. Oscar Wilde) to Carolyn Adams (Mrs. Jerry Garcia), who have stood behind their legendary partners and helped to humanize them, often at the cost of their own careers, reputations, and happiness. Through fame and its attendant ills--alcoholism, infidelity, mental illness, divorce, and even attempted murder--these powerful women quietly propelled their men to the top and changed the course of history.
Meet the Untold Half of History, Including:
-Alma Reville (Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock)
-Elena Diakonova (Mrs. Salvador Dali)
-Winifred Madikizela (Mrs. Nelson Mandela)
-Ann Charteris (Mrs. Ian Fleming, a.k.a. Mrs. James Bond)
-Ruth Alpern (Mrs. Bernie Maddoff)
And 35 more
In his second novel, author Eric Peterson dishes up a riotous spectacle of self-absorbed chefs, backstabbing politicians, and devious publishing magnates, set against a backdrop of haute cuisine, presidential politics, and an endless supply of top-shelf liquor and wine. Fresh from a public humiliation and in search of his true calling, former college football star Jack Marshall enlists as bartender and steward aboard Horace Button's vintage private railroad car, the "Pioneer Mother," which is transporting the legendary food writer and social critic across the country in opulent style. Decked out in a white jacket, mixing perfect cocktails, Jack is immersed in a style of living --and dining-- he'd assumed was extinct. While striving to appease the eccentric, finicky Horace, and Wanda, the "Pioneer Mother's" enigmatic chef, Jack falls under the spell of Giselle Lebeau, a gorgeous celebrity chef whose designs on him test his self-control and his loyalty. But when tragedy rocks Horace's insulated white-linen world, Jack must take charge of a simmering stew of quirky yet powerful personalities -- all while staying in Wanda's good graces and keeping an eye on their newest passenger. A story of service, serendipity, and second chances, "The Dining Car" is more than a delectable read -- it's a marvelous, exuberant work of fiction.
It all begins in the closet.
Paris Jablonski, wife, mother, social worker, and aspiring writer, is celebrating her seventh wedding anniversary when she uncovers a secret letter about her sexy French husband—and his girlfriend. The letter is in French, nearly incomprehensible, and so is the betrayal. How could she, an experienced mental health professional, have so misread her own life?
After traveling to France to confront her husband, Paris returns to face wildfires, evacuations, and a new job with recovering addicts. And she finds herself attracted to the most unlikely candidate: a recovering alcoholic who also happens to be a client.
In this heart-tugging story of love, loss and renewal, Paris Jablonski is a heroine whose street savvy must learn to take back seat to a wiser heart.
Patty Clark has a knack for seeing the humor in the hum-drum and finding entertainment and personal growth in life's messes. Her screwball short essays are a self-help program in disguise: let the Damsel teach you how to make marmalade out of rotting lemon rinds rescued from the compost heap. You'll snort and bray with laughter as her off-kilter references to uniquely American pop icons slam straight into your funny bone. So take my advice: read one story a day and let the Damsel keep the doctor at bay.
Benny, fifteen, is solitary by circumstance more than choice: he counts each move to a new town as “a life.” He’s on Life Number Seven. His last! He plans to run away from his paranoid mother, who’s been on the run since the disappearance of his father when he was three. Benny has no memory of it, except for weird dreams of a firestorm and a hideous dragon. After a fight with his mother, Benny packs his bags. Boom! The house explodes, catapulting Benny into a world he never imagined existed. The trail leads him to a gated Neoclassical building in the woods and to six teens he vaguely remembers: Kami is deaf, Amir is blind, Zuma is overweight, Layla is gorgeous but lazy, Chaz is in a wheelchair and Raj is as angry as the purple dagger-shaped birthmark running down the side of her face. These unlikely heroes share a common thread: Benny lost his father and they lost their mothers on the same day. The only clue to the mystery is Benny’s grandfather, Domenico H. Adez, a strange and dangerous man.
Jade is an urban science fiction set in San Diego. The main character, Julie, is a nursing student who finds she has the ability to teleport. Julie decides to use her powers to help people but soon gets in over her head as the government and foreign countries try to control her.
Humans are all but extinct. Our world is in ruins, destroyed by the AI known as The Order. 3p1c should be just like the other millions of robots created, except that, he has emotions. The only problem is that there isn't much to feel in this hollow, ruined world until he stumbles upon something that will make him question his own existence. A human.
Angela begins life as a dumpster baby. Fifteen years later she returns home with a new name, ZOEL, tattooed across her throat and her adoptive parents ship her off to boarding school.
On her first day at the Academy, Zoel meets and soon falls for Zipper, seventeen, African-American presumptive bad boy; makes an enemy of Alesse, the very attractive, very popular, very manipulative mean girl; angers Elz the short-tempered Headmaster; and learns that the school is actually in Hell and it's pass/fail.
To pass, students gather souls for Satan, damn them and in return become more demonic and powerful. Those that fail are thrown into the Pit to spend eternity in Hell's fire. Zoel and Zipper must each decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to save the soul of the other.
Please Note: Illustrator Lucas Turnbloom will be at the event.
Trapped in a never ending nightmare
Ben has a problem. When he sleeps, he dreams, and when he dreams, they re all nightmares! But he can also jump into other people s dreams. So when his friends start falling victim to an evil dream monster that prevents them from waking, Ben knows he has to help them. Easier said than done when dreams can shift and the monster knows its way around the ever-changing landscape of the mind! With help from a talking rabbit who has a mysterious past, Ben just might be able to defeat the monster and save his friends . . . if he can figure out how to use the power within him against his enemies.