Food of Ghosts by Marianne Wheelaghan: “Nothing ever happens on Tarawa, a coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific. Then a mutilated body is found in a children’s nursery hut. Detective Sergeant Louisa Townsend from Edinburgh is on the island, helping train local police officers in basic detecting skills. She is asked to find the killer and jumps at the chance to be in charge of her first murder investigation.” (November 2012)
Sticks, Stones, and Dragon Bones by Evelyn Ink: “A door that leads nowhere… A key to open it. A map of a land that doesn’t exist, and a monster that does.” (October 2012)
Dear Tiz by Aslaug Gørbitz: “This story is about two seventeen year old girls who live in two different centuries. They are connected in ways they have yet to discover. The men in their lives are chivalrous and honorable, not to mention multi-ethnic – the Italian, the Irishman, the American Indian and the Norwegian. There is true love, adventure, pioneering and a little magic involved. No wait, maybe it is the hand of God.” (January 2013)
Behind the Tears by Marita A. Hansen: “Everyone sees Ash as the toughest of the Rata brothers, the tall, tattooed man who is untouchable. But not many know of his past, of a tormented youth, which almost saw him take his own life.” (February 2013)
Last year photographer Rachel Hulin inspired hundreds of online articles with surreal photographs of her baby floating like a pint-sized superhero through different hotel rooms, barns and stairways.
One year later, that series of photographs is now a book, Flying Henry. We’ve included a few photographs from the book below. Here’s more about the new picture book.
A fantasy children’s book intended for infants and toddlers, Flying Henry follows the story of a baby who develops a magical ability to fly. Aware of his rare gift, he soars through his home, into nature, and unfamiliar places, testing the limits of his new skill by examining the world around him from the sky and embarking on great adventures. But, eventually Henry grows lonely and has to learn a very important secret about flying in order to fully enjoy his gift. Realistic looking flight rendered by artist Rachel Hulin with the willing support of her son, Henry, is an exceptional addition to the genre of photographic children’s books and will appeal to adults as well.
Matrimony & Meatballs by Joyce Greco: “Victoria Delgrico, having spent a lifetime perfecting the art of avoiding extended family finds herself facing a unique opportunity when her son asks her to host his surprise Buddhist wedding. Hoping to watch the family self destruct once and for all, Victoria invites everyone to whom she cannot deny a genetic link into the sanctity of her home, relishing the possibilities. But soon after the games begin Victoria has an epiphany.” (September 2012)
The Queen of Broken Hearts by Patricia Gordon: “When a lonely maiden named Corona wishes for Cupid’s arrow to lead her to the love she has always yearned for, the real Cupid accidentally pierces her heart with one of his love arrows at the wrong time, causing her to split into ghostly forms of good and evil. It doesn’t take long for Corona’s dark side to wreak havoc on others because if she can’t be happy, no one can. In a race against time, Cupid and his friends must try to save an enchanted land from the bitterness of one broken heart.” (December 2012)
The American Bride by Karla Darcy: “Cara continually falls under the scrutiny of Julian who despite his married state can’t take his eyes off the woman he doesn’t know is his bride. She infuriates him and yet he finds his life and the lives of his wards are totally involved with this American upstart.” (November 2012)
The American Writers Museum is coming to downtown Chicago. This institution will be “dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture and our daily lives.”
According to The Chicago Tribune, Malcolm O’Hagan founded the American Writers Museum Foundation more than three years ago.
The foundation executives plan to open the museum’s doors sometime in 2015.
Drugs, Crime and Violence: From Trafficking to Treatment by Howard Rahtz: “Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon declared a ‘war on drugs.’ Since that time, the country has incarcerated thousands of citizens and spent billions of dollars, and yet the drug problem rolls on.” (August 2012)
Confessions of a Church Hopper: A Short Story of a Lifelong Spiritual Journey by Mary Annthipie Bane: “A chronicle of the journey of a church hopper who offers insight and encouragement to those who follow the Lord’s leading through the process of seeking to finding a church home.” (September 2012)
Seed Planet by Dan Baram: “Samuel A. Poet and one hundred and eighty eight other volunteers journey to the planet Terra Nova Antares after the Interplanetary Research Consortium ‘seeds’ the planet to make it habitable for humans, but what they find there is not what they expected. Yes the seeding worked however all the plants are poisonous and none of the seeds they brought from Earth will grow.” (October 2012)
Immortal Threat by Wendy Ahrens-Gaydos: “Good versus Evil. Light versus Dark. It’s a battle that has been fought since the beginning of time and all Rhiana wanted out of life was to be able to do her part in tipping the scales in the favor of good & light each day.” (December 2012)
Old Soul by Rebecca Bloomer: “Roxy Hart is a time-travelling gypsy on a mission. Join her as she fights Fate in order to define her own destiny, overcome demons and generally put a whole history of wrongs to right.” (November 2012)
Eyeless: A Novella by Christian Bewell: “Eyeless is the story of Michelle, a teenager with the usual adolescent traits: sex, love and friendship. She also has a thirst for alcohol, eventually going over the line and causing a horrific accident that blinds her best friend.” (December 2012)