The Last Wild Orchid
When a mother-and-son research team gets too close to the grizzly truth, one of them must die. But which? With the cold blooded murderer still on the loose, Mark sets out to avenge his mother’s death. But how will he recognize the killer? And when? What will he do to help bring him to justice? And who can he turn to for help once the police declare the case “cold” and close the books on it?
Living in a Caribbean Island paradise, Mark celebrates his twenty-first birthday while facing an uphill battle compounded by a deadbeat Private-Eye father who abandoned him twenty years earlier, a well-meaning but bungling director of marine mammal studies, an international espionage plot centered on the island of St. Lucia, an unrequited love, an aggressive and beautiful young soucouyant, a murderous underground black-magic cult, and a pod of rambunctious dolphins. The results are anything but Flipper in this multicultural tale based upon a true story.
This is the warm and touching yet harrowing and riveting story of a young man’s dedicated love for his slain mother and his ongoing struggle to accept his absentee if well-meaning father. And–let’s be honest–the sister he never knew he had before finding out that he never really did! It’s the tale of eternal life, unfolding in an action-packed universe filled with nonstop suspense, torrid romance, and Caribbean-style supernatural intrigue–a gritty look into another life, another world, and a unique reality, where only the last wild orchid grows.
The Mynah’s Call
Paula is young, sensuous, beautiful–a woman of strong will and unbreakable spirit. Restless and eager for adventure, she and her husband strike out for Central Asia. She wants a different life for the two of them: a renewed love for her husband, and a renewed sense of self. But when they arrive in Afghanistan, Bob falls victim to the country’s underground sex and drug trade, and Paula soon finds herself alone and in danger in a hostile savage land.
Trapped within the turmoil of a country erupting in warfare, her husband’s abandonment leaves Paula to the fates. When a mysterious Pushtun rebel sweeps into her life to offer her a new-found purpose, she must choose which to trust–her head or her heart. As she totters on the brink of disaster, Shadar sweeps her safely from the edge of the abyss into the forbidden love of the ages.
This sweeping saga by Paula Favage is the first in a series. With its vivid visual imagery, crisp realistic dialogue, and hauntingly memorable characters, it is reminiscent of a Middle Eastern Doctor Zhivago and a precursor to A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Solid Stiehl: The Death and Life of Hymie Stiehl
When Windy City poet-laureate and amateur sleuth Hymie Stiehl learns that the local Mob has placed a contract out on his crony, Chicago White Sox center fielder Jungle Jim Rivera, he sets out to warn him. But the effusive ballplayer has vanished without a trace…and Stiehl finds himself on a premature trip to the undertaker.
Realizing that Rivera is still alive but in great danger, Stiehl goes underground–in drag–and with his young, rakish sidekick seeks to locate Rivera before the Mob does. With bodies dropping like dead flies at a bad delicatessen, Stiehl finds himself the target of the local D.A. and the venerable 12th Precinct–and very nearly ends up a statistic, himself!
This is the world of Solid Stiehl, where love, lust, and academia bump shoulders with organized crime, dirty cops, and the Great American Pastime–and even Papa Hemingway! They’re all here in D. J. Herda’s strongest work to date. John Updike? Better. J. D. Salinger? Better. As a bonus, Herda is a far more versatile writer (and a lot more accessible!). Here is the first of a four-novel mystery series with uproarious overtones, Solid Stiehl.
Feeling great? Feeling lousy? Whatever you’re feeling, Crazy-Good Living! – Healthy Gums, Healthy Gut, Healthy Life can improve your health from the inside out. It’s the only book written by a DDS/Medicine Practitioner who has proven the cellular connection between primal eating and health. An ancient diet saved his life after he switched from “healthy eating” to eating more like our ancestors. And his supercharged Ancient Nutrition Plan has worked wonders for some of his most severely disease-stricken patients.
Lots of books give a few good reasons for returning to a simpler way of eating. More still offer some dietary tips and recipes. NONE has offered all that plus first-hand scientific studies–documented proof for how and why primal nutrition works–and could one day save your life. Written by Alvin H. Danenberg, Periodontist, Certified Primal Health Care Coach, and Certified Functional Medical Practitioner, it is destined to become a classic in the field of healthful living.
The Devil in the Deal!
At 18, Sheryle goes to work in a massage parlor on the outskirts of Wichita, Kansas. By 20, she’s traveling the Midwest as an exotic dancer while putting herself through college. Less than a year later, she marries into a life of wealth and indulgence, little knowing how devious her new family could be.
Toiling away in a placer goldmine in Montana with her husband, Jake, they find a nugget the size of his fist. They sell the mine and Sheryle returns to life as a housewife and mother before spearheading a multi-million-dollar family-owned company. But when the Securities and Exchange Commission investigates her father-in-law, Carl, for fraud, Carl’s partner turns up murdered before he can be subpoenaed. A prime suspect, Carl escapes charges only to end up behind bars for SEC violations. Soon after his release, he is kidnapped by a disgruntled duped investor and held for $3.5 million ransom. An unexpected turn of events leads to Carl’s escape.
Sheryle’s upside-down life proves just the ticket for escaping a family entrenched in scandal, drugs, alcoholism, fraud, kidnapping, rape, and murder. What she thought was a shameful start in life turns out to be her salvation, sewing a patchwork of strength in the midst of one of the most audacious white-collar crime sprees in America.
This debut novel by author Sheryle Bauer is based on a true story, as told by one of its least likely survivors.
These whimsical, haunting, riveting, and erotically charged tales of life in the Windy City are the result of a young man growing up on Lake Michigan. When master storyteller D. J. Herda left Chicago, he took a big part of the cityscape with him. Now he has unleashed it in all its wild-and-wooly, sexually charged, hit-and-hit-harder glory.
These Chi-Town tales are hauntingly vivid, running the gamut from crime and punishment to humor, pathos, spirituality, and coming-of-age in Chicago. Set alternately along the lakefront, on the near North Side, in New Town, in Old Town, and on Rush Street, these are a look back at a young man’s rise to literary notoriety. Among the short stories included in this D. J. Herda anthology are The Fisherman, The Tenants, The Union, The Great Duplicity Affair, Double Jeopardy, and Trapped!