Fans of Bird by Bird, The Artist's Way, and Writing Down the Bones will find inspiration in multi-award winning novelist Barbara Samuel's Girls in the Basement series. The Girls in the Basement is an upbeat collection of stories, challenges, and meditations on the writing life, meant to nourish writers at every point along the road, from multi-published to just starting out. Learn how to fill the well and take care of your muses and yourself so that you can write your best work, all the time, for ten, twenty, fifty years.
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A terrifying tale from a Bram Stoker Award–nominated author who “has consistently created some of the best horror ever set to print” (Cemetery Dance). Foster care is like Russian roulette, says fifteen-year-old Ryan Kettering, who’s spent most of his young life in largely abusive homes. Sometimes the hammer clicks and you’re fine. Sometimes it’s a bullet to the brain. This time it seems the hammer has clicked. Living with the Prestons in a rambling two-story house in Shasta County, the chores are split between Ryan and five other foster kids. Not counting nine-year-old Maddy. Not much is expected of her. She stays in the basement. The other children don’t know much about Maddy. But what they do know, they don’t like. She’s just not right. She speaks in a strange, gravelly adult voice. Maybe Ryan can make a difference. Spend time with her. Get acquainted. He understands what it means to be lonely. That’s when he decides to do what no other child in the house dares: Ryan’s going down to the basement. From the author of Live Girls and The Loveliest Dead, a recipient of the World Horror Convention’s Grand Master Award, this is a chilling story of supernatural terror.
Get Goosebumps with the startling repackage of a best selling classic. Now with bonus materials! Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really. But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Especially when they...meet...some of the plants he is growing down there. Then they notice that their father is developing plantlike tendencies. In fact, he is becoming distinctly weedy-and seedy. Is it just part of their father's "harmless" experiment? Or has the basement turned into another little shop of horrors?
Edna and Edith are back! From the author of "Is That Your Mother-In-Law Under The Bed?" and "Is That Your Cousin In The Closet?" comes the third book of the series featuring those two mischievous senior citizen sisters as licensed private investigators out to rid the world, or at least Chicago, of murderers, counterfeiters and overall bad guys. They don't always do things by the book, but they get the job done in their own sometimes dangerous, but comical ways, much to the surprise of Edith's son, Eddie, a police detective. Eddie, the voice of reason, is always reminding the two of them regarding the boundaries within the legal system, not to mention that orange is not their color and how hideous they will look in those orange jumpsuits provided by the Department of Corrections. Join the sisters as they become targets and discover their names at the top of a killer's hit list.
The Body in the Basement, the sixth volume in Katherine Hall Page's cozy mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild Pix Miller, Faith Fairchild's next-door neighbor, expects to find more than a hole in the ground when she goes to check on the progress of the summer cottage the Fairchilds are having built on Maine's Sanpere Island. She expects a concrete foundation. What she doesn't expect is a very dead body wrapped in a very valuable antique quilt! The deceased is a local handyman with a suspiciously lucrative sideline in antiques. Sharing her friend Faith's inquisitive nature, Pix resolves to restore Sanpere's shattered peace. But by digging too deeply the determined Ms. Miller just might be arranging another burial — her own!
The first mystery in the Oak Knoll series starring FBI Profiler Vince Leone, from Sunday Times bestselling author Tami Hoag. Three dead women; three children each with their families under suspicion; a community packed with secrets. And one serial killer. On the damp, leaf-strewn ground a gruesome trophy is displayed. It's a young woman. Although her battered body has been buried, her head is propped on a stone like an offering, her mouth and eyes glued shut, her eardrums destroyed. This killer has struck this peaceful town before - and the savagery he inflicts on his victims is increasing. Vince Leone, a pioneering FBI profiler, is called in to try to unlock the mind of the killer - a strategy that pulls him deep into the devastated community. Suspicions thicken, secrets spill out and reputations shatter as Vince draws ever nearer to evil . . . Watch out for the next title in the Oak Knoll FBI Profiler thriller series SECRETS TO THE GRAVE
A Hustlers Tale Welcome to the world of shadows where everthing is not what it seems. A world where conmen, pimps, drug dealers and thieves struggle daily to survive and prosper. The rules are different in the world of shadows and the games played are for keeps. In the drug-ridden streets of Cleveland, Darius Javon a charismatic conman at the top of his game pursues his dream of becoming a multi-millionaire. The cons and scams which he runs on the Banks take intricate planning and nerves of steel to pull off. But robbing banks is the least of his problems. FBI agents are in hot pursuit of a certain elusive conman who is making a mockery of the banking system in the country. He is consider a threat to the Economy of the United States, because he robs with an ink pen and a smile leaving the female tellers wishing he would come again. While barely staying one step ahead of the FEDs he inadvertantly kidnap a woman bringing the wrath of a very dangerous man down on him. With the FEDs and the criminal underworld closing in on him, Darius must make some real hard decisions that may cost him his life or his freedom. The deadly game he is playing is about to come to an abrupt end. There can be only one winner and Darius is determined to make sure its him. He will live by the game or die by the game but the game must be played.
TV says it. Magazines say it. American society commands it. You must be thin. You must be young. Fad diets. Fat-purging pills. Fitness clubs. Liposuction. Breast implants. Steroids. In the tomorrow of Thinner Than Thou, the cult of the body has become the one true religion. The Dedicated Sisters are a religious order sworn to help anorexic, bulimic, and morbidly obese youth. Throughout the land, houses of worship have been replaced by the health clubs of the Crossed Triceps. And through hypnotically powerful evangelical infomercials, the Reverend Earl preaches the heaven of the Afterfat, where you will look like a Greek god and eat anything you want. Just sign over your life savings and come to Sylphania, the most luxurious weight-loss spa in the world, where the Reverend himself will personally supervise your attainment of physical perfection. But the glory of youth and thinness that America worships conceals a hidden world where teens train for the competitive eating circuit, where fat porn and obese strippers feed people's dark desires, and where an underground railroad of rebellious religions remember when people worshipped God instead of the Afterfat. As Annie, an anorexic, and her friend Kelly, who is so massive she can barely walk, find out, the tender promises of the Dedicated Sisters are fulfilled by forced feedings and enforced starvation in hidden prisons. As middle-aged Jeremy discovers, Sylphania is a concentration camp where failure to lose weight and tone up leads to brutal punishment. The Rev. Earl's public sympathy for the overweight conceals a private contempt . . . and, beneath that, a terrible longing known only to a select few. The inevitable decay of old age is the only thing keeping mankind from reaching perfection. Luckily, Reverend Earl has a plan that will take care of that . . . . At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Jack turned slowly to toss his gun at the sheriff's feet, to hear, "Now you put your hands on top of your head and kneel down." He looked down to see the pearl handed gun, as the sheriff knelt down and said, "In these parts, outside of North Memphis is my territory." "Hold it right there", said a command voice, then added "Don't you dare touch that weapon, you are under arrest. As Jack got up to see, it was Danger, with a smile to and said "like that?' "Yeah like that", as Jack picks up his gun, holsters it, and shows the sheriff his badge, and then puts it away. Jack said "Now you were saying sheriff, it's your way which is?" "I want my attorney." said the sheriff.
Precocious is a girl's coming of age, journey of self-discovery, forgiveness and resilience. CC, the main character, is shuffled from pillar to post after her mother's untimely death. Her life turned topsy-turvy when her father's resolve drives him to remove her from the sanctity of the only home she's ever known. Thanks to divine intervention, CC is able to face the painful truth about the complexities of her own present, while accepting her family's often convoluted past, as she embraces a future of limitless possibilities, during her evolution into a young woman of substance. As you read this book, hopefully you will be able to draw an analogy between the prodigious honey bee, symbolized on the front cover of PRECOCIOUS and this literary work, which has been diligently toiled over through numerous, long and agonizing nights, and lovingly tended to during many a painfully cold, arthritic day.