Mysterious Galaxy offers another installment in our regular series of in-store events bringing in local authors — in our genres and beyond — who are enthused to share their work. We will mingle and hear about each author’s work over some light refreshments. There will be a variety of genres and works to appeal to all ages, and subjects ranging from alternate steampunk romance to historical mysteries, from a collected web comic to coming of age tales to legal self-help tips. These fun gatherings are a great opportunity to meet new people and support our local authors. You might just be the first to support a future best-selling author of our time! Participants include: Valerie Davisson, Napoleon Doom, Christopher Frank, Blake S. Lee, Sara Naheedy and Tom Scott, Lexi Ostrow, and Jonathan LaPoma.
Thomas Agardawes has a bride that resists him, and a job that he doesn't like. When a Royal approaches him on only his third day as a master at the Clockworker's Guild, his life is turned upside down. Demons lurk in the underground and he has been assigned the task of leading the force against evil. Seraphina has torn her wings from her body to save a lover’s soul, but he spurns her. Revenge blossoms, and she plots to make Hell her own and force humans to pay for what they took from her. Nothing will stop her, and her corruption runs soul deep.Layel, a Pure Angel, has fallen for a human, and it’s almost cost him his wings. That is not the hardest task to face. He must convince a man to run a secret group to hunt demons as they’ve come out of Hell to hunt the humans. If he succeeds, he will then need to train them all. Three souls that couldn’t be more different collide in unexpected ways as the Alliance of Silver and Steam is born, and the secrets of demons unleashed on the world. See what caused the silver to melt and the steam to rise.
Seven-year-old Christopher Abkhazian refuses to be forgotten. This child's death took place during the waning days of Prohibition in San Diego. Some said it was accidental death; pathologists disagreed. Unsolved, it gathered dust on cold case shelves for over sixty years. When a team of forensic detectives reopens the investigation in 1990, it expects to put the case to closure. But this victim demands justice, not obscurity. An unlikely duo begins an investigation of their own. Ex-policeman Pete McGraw believes this case has been purposely mishandled, there is a cover-up. McGraw knows the facts; he was the chief detective in 1933. Reporter Sera Schilling begins delving. As the truth unfolds, she steps on a land mine when she uncovers a dark and deadly family secret-a secret they would kill to keep buried.
DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with feelings of alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at two dysfunctional Miami public schools. A poetic and insightful coming-of-age novel, DEVELOPING MINDS is centered on 24-year-old Luke Entelechy, an aspiring writer who sees his creative output suffer when he begins teaching at one of Miami's most challenging middle schools. As the year progresses, however, Luke begins to relate to the neglect and abuse his students suffer, and is faced with a "haunting" decision: continue to let his dark past destroy him, or rise above the struggle to realize his potential as an artist and a "real" human being. Equal parts disturbing and humorous, DEVELOPING MINDS offers a brutally honest look at the American public school system and the extreme measures many teachers take to cope with working in it.
As the clock strikes thirteen on human civilization Evan A'con finds himself curiously displaced in time confronting what remains of humanity. Cataclysmic events have been set in motion and it is up to Evan the scientist, Cid the soldier, and Jace the trader to decide what comes next.
Critical choices made in the drama and chaos of the last days of the Vietnam War reach across the Pacific to modern-day Portland, Oregon, threatening to destroy the lives of those who managed to cheat death in 1975. When a violent explosion takes a woman's life just steps away from Logan McKenna's downtown hotel, the police suspect all the wrong people, including a homeless vet and two of Logan's new friends; but are any of them completely innocent? While unraveling the tangle of half-truths and secrets to help her friends, Logan's personal life suffers an explosion of its own. Each character must decide not only whom to trust, but at what cost. In addition to writing a great story, in FOREST PARK: Logan Book 2, Davisson skillfully deals with tough questions about our attitude toward refugees, immigration, the homeless, and our military vets. Through the eyes of her original and complex characters, she invites us to explore the true nature of hope, redemption, family, character, and love. If you like Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon, J. A. Jance's Sherriff Joanna Brady, Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway, or Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone, you'll love Davisson's independent, strong, female protagonist, Logan McKenna!
Three peoples' life stories intertwine with a synchronistic twist.
Jimmy Pollaski, a young man at the peak of his potential, dies suddenly in a motorcycle accident. As his spirit hovers above his lifeless body, he calls out to his mother, Patricia, only to find that his words are inaudible. He then promises to find some way to transmit his message to the world of the living.
It is no coincidence that sixteen-year-old Lorrena Shaw can see him, along with other spirits-a gift that Lorrena's mother shuns. After her mother suddenly announces that they will abandon their home in Connecticut to care for Lorrena's grandmother-a grandmother she has never known-Lorrena inevitably finds herself in the same small Massachusetts city where Patricia resides.
As their paths unite, Lorrena discovers the unbearable grief that haunts Patricia's every move. Now, not only must she convince Patricia that her son's soul has survived the fatal crash, she must also travel beyond space and time to access the Akashic Records, the library of all of Human Existence, and write their stories as one-a story that ultimately shatters the boundaries between life and death.
Discover a lost magic, long buried and forgotten...
Without a rune marking his role in society, Brock is doomed to a life below the lowest rung of the social ladder. Unwilling to accept his fate, the teen risks his life to obtain a fake rune that marks him as a member of the Empire's ruling class. He then embarks on a quest to join an institution where the Empire's future leaders are trained.
As a student of the Academy, he soon uncovers a chain of secrets kept hidden for centuries, secrets that expose cracks in the foundation of Empire society. Among his discoveries is a powerful magic, long buried and forgotten.
Brock's compassion and sense of justice are seeds that sprout tight friendships and a blossoming romance. An unwillingness to be bullied earns him a dangerous enemy, growing into a feud that escalates to a climactic showdown.
At the dawn of the television age in 1955, Skylar Drake is called to identify the remains of a fellow movie stuntman found buried in a shallow grave. While there, he is shown mysterious wounds and strange tattoos on two additional bodies. A wealthy Bel Air matron sends her enticing niece to enlist Drake's help in locating a missing nephew. The search takes him back to pre-statehood Hawaii where he stopped off on his way to the hell of the Korean War. Unexplained deaths, politics and superstitious locals turn the tropical paradise into a nightmare where nothing is what it seems and no one can be trusted. The Pacific breezes blow many things in from the ocean, this time its power, greed, and murder.
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had nightmares that pretty much kicked my ass. I don’t know why. My childhood wasn’t really any more traumatic than the usual. Where things take a turn for the weird here is that unlike seemingly everyone else in the world, I can’t wake up from them. Yeah, it’s pretty much as bad as it sounds. It’s not all wet sheets and sobs though! As a result of this little glitch, I stumbled upon lucid dreaming pretty early on. Basically, a lucid dream happens when you become conscious of dreaming. When you catch on, you can start to pull the strings from within…kind of, it doesn’t always work out perfectly. Lucid dreamers usually have what’s called a dreamsign, or something that signals you to the fact that you are dreaming. For whatever reason, my dream sign is Meg Ryan, the beloved rom com queen of the 90′s. I don’t know why, but I suspect it has to do with compulsive viewings of Top Gun as a child. My young mind heard: “Take me to bed or lose me forever!” And damned if I didn’t do just that! I suppose I’m lucky that Tom Cruise doesn’t saunter around in my dreamscape, (shirtless, with a volleyball in hand, a beckoning smile… guess I just have a thing for spunky blondes!) Anyway, I’ve decided to try and illustrate some of my dreams here for your amusement. You’re welcome. – Napoléon Doom
Debut author Laura Tims writes an intense and utterly gripping contemporary YA tale perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars. Joy has done everything to protect her twin sister...including murder.
Joy killed Adam Gordon for what he did to her sister, Grace. At least, that s what she thinks happened. Now Adam can t hurt anyone ever again, and her sister can be free from the boy who harmed her.
But someone else knows what Joy did, and they re going to out her as a cold-blooded killer if she doesn t expose the scandalous secrets bubbling just below the surface of her mundane town. As the demands escalate, and she finds herself falling for Adam s half brother, Joy must figure out the blackmailer s identity before everything spirals out of control."
Ilena Doran dedicates herself to helping battered women--but the therapist can't seem to get through to the one person who means the most, her son, Sammy. Percy Powers, a drunken, womanizing, morning talk show host, prefers parties with scantily clad women over the company of children. But when one such party leads him to be late to the premiere of his own radio show, he gives junior listeners a chance to spend a night out on the town with him in a desperate attempt to mollify management. The winner ends up being Ilena's son, Sammy, still traumatized after seeing his father murdered. At first, Ilena isn't even aware that her assistant nominated Sammy but--she grudgingly agrees to accompany him. There, for the first time in almost a year, Ilena witnesses Sammy laugh. Is it possible that Percy just may be the one to prove that people aren't always what they seem to be--and that salvation might come from the unlikeliest of places?
This highly acclaimed legal self-help book is the hybrid product of a lawyer and a non-lawyer author. The unique synergy between them is not found in any other legal resource, nor is a significant portion of the material they cover. The book is packed with unbiased information about the current state of the legal system, why it is the way it is, where it is headed, and, most importantly, how to beat it at its own game!
This is the only legal self-help resource that:
- reveals clandestine rules, discusses unorthodox strategies, and propounds novel information
- contains the broad insight of authors internal and external to the U.S. judiciary
- provides ways to counteract the corruption within the system so crucial for the average person to successfully fight a legal battle
Sara and Tom have 30+ years of combined legal experience that they share in a pragmatic, easy-to-read format. Learn how to fight speeding tickets and other vehicular citations. Also covered are: small claims; divorce; criminal defense; landlord tenant law; debt collection; probate, wills, and trusts; and more.