Author Alley 2015
Featured Authors and Their Books
Featured Authors and Their Books
Peggy Sue Got Pregnant
Soul Mate Publishing, 15.99
The story of an ill-fated love affair between a Southern boy and Midwestern girl and a long-held secret that threatens the reputation of a beloved music icon and his illegitimate child.
Uncharted Storms: Short Stories of Hearts at Risk
Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, 7.50
Weather is our constant companion, and when it behaves like a benevolent parent we pay little attention to it, Angry or out of control it becomes terrifying and can change the landscape as well as lives. So I asked my characters to take a ride on the wild side of weather. "Uncharted Storms" takes readers on a journey from a gentle summer rain to raging storms in the cosmos.
America's Most Haunted: Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places
Berkley/Penguin Group, 16.00
America's Most Haunted takes you on a first-person tour of some of America's most active paranormal hotspots. Get to know the spirits that wait in prisons, mansions, lunatic asylums, and even a stately old hotel. Combining spine-tingling stories, documented evidence, and interviews with the top names in the paranormal, America's Most Haunted gives you a terrifying chance to tour our nation's most famous haunted places.
Marie Antoinette's Head: The Royal Hairdresser, the Queen, and the Revolution
Lyons Press, 26.95
Loconeal Publishing, 16.95
Debra Hamilton faces the fear of inheriting mental illness when her husband moves her into a 100-year old farmhouse where the neighbors insinuate it's haunted. Julie, her new friend, faces the fear of a stalker when perverted anonymous letters arrive in her mailbox. Their stories merge and the friendship grows. All the letters in the novel are actual letters from the man who stalked the author.
The Devil Wears Clogs
Worldwise Publications, 19.99
Have you ever dreamt of taking your career overseas? You are not alone. What happens when you plunk down a thirty year-old culturally unaware management consultant in Heidelberg, Germany? I don't speak German. I didn't have any experience working with Europeans. The Twin Towers had just collapsed and I had no idea whether I would sink or swim. When I met my good-looking Dutch colleague and decided to take my next assignment in the Netherlands, I nearly drowned. That's when I figured out that maybe I was the one who needed to change -- not an entire continent.
Seekers Publishing, Inc., 11.95
Several grammatical topics and some spelling rules explained.
Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories
Pixel Hall Press, 18.95
There are some people who, whether by accident or design, find themselves traveling left of center. Unable or unwilling to seize control over their lives, they allow fate to dictate the path they take - often with disastrous results. Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories details characters in life situations for which they are emotionally or mentally unprepared. Their methods of coping range from the passive ("The Healer") and the aggressive ("The Clock") to the humorous ("Traveling Left of Center") and hopeful ("Skating on Thin Ice"). In each of these eighteen stories, the characters' choices - or non-choices - are their own. But the outcomes may not be what they anticipated or desired. Will they have time to correct their course of will they crash?
Those Rockin' Cleveland Kids
Captain Dave Productions, 11.25
Did you ever get a crazy notion to jump out of bed some morning and run around Cleveland and see all the totally cool things going on in our great city? Well, five rockin' kids and their teddy bear Benjamin did just that one lovely, summer day.They saw things like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with all their favorite rockers.Then they were off to the Great Lakes Science Center where you can get right up next to the lunar module that went to the Moon or even try on a space suit.How about taking a ride on the Goodtime III ship down the Cuyahoga River and into Lake Erie? Then visit the fascinating Cod World War One submarine that helped us win the Second World War. Maybe you’d like to create art in the Art Museum’s cool new Gallery One for kids or check out a huge dinosaur that lived millions and millions of years ago around the corner at the Museum of Natural History. Up the street is Severance Hall where they make beautiful music.Or how about a wonderful day at the Zoo with the lions and tigers and bears, oh my. But if you can’t do all that, open this book and five cute kids will show you all their favorite places!
Death by Coffee (A Bookstore Cafe Mystery)
Kensington Publishing Corp., 7.99
When Krissy Hancock and her best friend Vicki decide to open a bookstore cafe in their new town of Pine Hills, they decide to call it "Death by Coffee," after Krissy's father's most famous mystery novel. Little do they know how well the name fits...
On their very first day of business, Brendon Lawyer huffily takes his coffee... to the grave. It seems he had a severe allergy to peanuts... but how could there have been nuts in his coffee? And who stole his emergency allergy medication?
Fortunately, Krissy's love of puzzles and mysteries leads her not only to Officer Paul Dalton, but also to many of her new neighbors, who aren't terribly upset that the book is closed on Brendon. But one of them is a killer, and Krissy needs to read between the lies if she wants to save her new store - and live to see how this story ends...
Euclid Beach Park Now
Arcadia Publishing, 21.95
Pictorial and written history of Cleveland's most famous and beloved amusement park, Euclid Beach Park.
Death of a High Maintenance Blonde
D'Llama Publishing, 14.95
There are blondes — and then there are high maintenance blondes. And Eve Dahlgren was a high maintenance blonde, even forty years ago in high school.
When Eve ends up dead, and Journal-Gazette publisher Earlene Whitelaw is arrested for her murder, it looks like an open and shut case. It’s up to editor Addison McIntyre to prove her boss didn’t kill her.
But Eve’s got secrets—and so does the newest Journal-Gazette reporter, Charisma Lemarnier. Will Charisma’s past stand in her way as she investigates two cold case murders? Or will someone else break through her defenses to help her find peace—and love?
This is the fifth in Debra Gaskill’s Jubilant Falls series.
Cleveland Food Memories
Gray & Company, 17.95
Remember when food was local? Cleveland companies made it, and local people sold it and ran the restaurants where we ate it. Now, take a delicious trip into the past.
Food makes powerful memories. Mention Hough Bakery and see how quickly we Clevelanders start to drool over just the thought of those long-lost white cakes. This book collects the fondest memories of Clevelanders who still ache for treats from the past. There were Frostees in the Higbee's basement. Popcorn balls at Euclid Beach. Burgers at Manner's or Mawby's. Entertainment-filled nights at Alpine Village. Mustard at old Municipal Stadium . . . and so much more.
Truth and Justice for Fun and Profit
Gray & Company, 15.95
Personal Trainer: A Tale of Pain, Gain, Greed, & Lust
PRC Publishing, Inc., 14.95
Anthony James Piccini, “Tony”, a former high school athlete and gym rat, became a personal trainer at an Upper Arlington, Ohio health club known as FitAgain. Even though he was a college drop-out, he was “trained” and “certified” as a personal trainer by FitAgain to provide service to health club members. Tony and other such trainers serviced many club members, particularly the women members in a variety of ways. Eventually, he was hired as a personal trainer for a young mother desiring to get into shape after a recent child birth. The result of his lack of true expertise turned the young mother’s life and his own upside down. The legal system was brought to bear upon Tony to judge his conduct. However, flaws in the justice system called into question who ultimately had to pay for Tony’s failings. In the end, his life hung in the balance between right and wrong, pain and gain as well as greed and lust.
This book addresses a breadth of topics that are relevant to aging and caring for elderly loved ones, analyzing each thoroughly, incorporating numerous personal anecdotes, and providing up-to-date, practical advice. Written by a professor of law and bioethics, it covers legal, social, medical, financial, and other challenges of aging and is a concise, comprehensive, and absorbing resource for all baby boomers.
Outskirts Press, 20.95
A deftly woven tapestry of America's fast life, whose threads begin during the Depression. Richly characterized and tightly plotted.
The Making of Major League
Gray & Company, 15.95
A behind-the-scenes look at one of the greatest baseball movies ever. Learn how writer/director David S. Ward fought the Hollywood system and turned his love of the underdog Cleveland Indians into a classic screwball comedy. Cast and crew share on-set stories about script changes, outtakes, and inside jokes. With a foreword by Charlie Sheen.
Citytown Christmas Conundrum
Loconeal Publishing Co., 14.95
Christmas Eve finds 5 characters no one wants to see that night: Thanksgiving turkey, Halloween ghost, Easter Bunny, St. Patrick's Day leprechaun, and St. Valentine's Day Cupid. What do they do that night?
Cotton's Library: The Many Perils of Preserving History
Lyon Hall Press, 19.00
For four centuries the Cotton Library has preserved treasures of the English language: Beowulf, Magna Carta, illuminated manuscripts, and much more. War, repression, intrigue and disastrous fires, however repeatedly made its survival a dramatically close call.
Gray & Company, 14.95
Both a love story and a wartime chronicle, this powerful novel reveals the effects of the Vietnam War on a group of friends living in a small town in Ohio. As the 1970 draft lottery nears, the young men must examine their views of war and consider the fate that awaits them; the young women face the possibility of losing their husbands, boyfriends, and friends. Each member of the group embarks on a personal search that will bring very real and very adult conflict and pain and strip away their youthful naivet_. The enormity of this war contrasted with the microcosm of one small town exposes the ambivalence of characters who are at war with themselves.
Les Cinq Eiffels/ The Five Eiffels
Abruzzo Publishing, 13.25
An education book that introduces languages (French, Italian, and Spanish) and places around the world through its characters.
Create Space, 8.99
Trapped under the rule of two outcast pirates, a young hero arises. Andrea sets sail on the adventure of a lifetime to retrieve the last magical gems of a legend. Along the way she meets allies, enemies, and the captivating pirate Chris. Set sail with Andrea as she tries to save her beloved home. Will she succeed?
Time With My Uncle
A book about the special bond that develops between a nephew (from birth to toddler) and his uncle during everyday activities and interactions.
Love You More Than You Know
Gray & Company, 14.95
45 mothers of U.S. service men and women open their hearts and share what it feels like when your son or daughter leaves home to fight a war.
“Mom, I’m being deployed . . .” When they heard that, all of these mothers knew their world had just changed. They were overwhelmed with emotions. A strange mix of pride and fear. Anxiety at not knowing exactly where your son is in the world, whether your daughter is facing enemy fire or heat and boredom. Elation at the arrival of the briefest message. Daily dread, when returning home, of seeing a government car in the driveway . . .
Any parent who reads these stories will feel their power—and will gain a greater understanding of the sacrifice made by parents as well as their children in our military.
Hineni: My Walk into Beautiful Life
In Hineni: My Walk into Beautiful Life, the author chronicles his journey of healing and personal growth: learning to understand and accept himself as a gifted, hypersensitive, and gay mystic.
Mismatched to the norms and demands of his family, home religion, peers, and society, the author was a depressed, immature, and fearful recluse for 26 years of his life. Contemplating suicide at age 21, he heard a Voice. Learning to listen and follow that Voice, the author set upon a four-decade journey of recovery and healing, employing a range of traditional - and untraditional - religious and spiritual thought systems. In a Vision, this nontheist, birthright Jew realized to his surprise that The Voice guiding him on his journey was Jesus.
Hineni: My Walk into Beautiful Life is an intensely personal and frank autobiography; an ethical will of how the author became a whole human being, and what he learned and is still learning on his journey.
Alice James Books, 16.95
Sand Opera emerges from the dizzying position of being names but unheard as an Arab American and out of the parallel sense of seeing Arabs named and silenced since 9/11. Polyvocal poems, arias, and redacted text speak for the unheard. Philip Metres exposes our common humanity while investigating the dehumanizing perils of war and its lasting effect on our culture.
The Rise of a Star: LeBron James
Gray & Company, 15.95
An up-close look at young LeBron James when he was basketball's hottest prospect, poised at the brink of superstardom.
Sportswriter David Lee Morgan covered the LeBron phenomenon for the Akron Beacon Journal starting with LeBron's freshman year in high school and had unequaled access to LeBron, his family, and his close friends. He saw the exceptional play on the basketball court and the surprising poise with which LeBron has handled the pressure, the scrutiny, the criticism that arrived with the early onset of fame.
The odds were against James from the start. Born in poverty to a 16-year-old single mom, without a stable home for the first decade of his life, LeBron could have become just one more scarred product of a rough childhood in the projects. Instead, he became the darling of the sports world—and he plays the part well.
He was called the best high school basketball player ever. He made the cover of Sports Illustrated as a junior, was featured on national television, and signed more than $100 million in promotional contracts before the end of his senior year. It was no surprise when he became the no-doubt-about-it No. 1 pick in the NBA draft right after high school graduation.
This is a story for any fan who wants to get to know LeBron better, and for anyone curious about how a high-school basketball phenom is made.
Canoedling in Cleveland
Savare Deal Books (Create Space), 14.95
Canoedling in Cleveland is about three teenage canoeists who try to win a bet by battling rapids, an ore boat on the Cuyahoga, and angry waves on Lake Erie in 1960.
Deep Cover Cleveland
Create Space, 15.95
Throw Like a Woman
The Story Plant, 25.95
Forty years old, divorced, with two sons on the verge of adolescence and an ex-husband who considers visitation to be optional, Brenda Haversham isn't having a whole lot of fun. She's also no longer qualified for the work she loves, so she's working in a cubicle instead while trying to make ends meet. Brenda is short on money, short on connection with her kids, and short on any kind of social life. The only thing Brenda has in abundance is her anger. And that turns out to be her greatest asset. When she was a kid, Brenda's father taught her how to throw a good fastball. That wasn't of much use to a girl, but it is enough to astound onlookers at a "test your speed" pitching cage before a Cleveland Indians game. The more Brenda pictures her ex-husband's face on the other end, the harder she throws. And when someone tapes her performance and puts it up online, Brenda becomes an Internet sensation – and then more than that. Soon, the Indians come calling and Brenda finds her life taking a turn in a new direction. She finds herself standing on the mound as the first woman player in Major League history – and dealing with everything that comes with it. The money is great and the endorsement deals are even better. The fury of "traditionalists," not so much. And the conflicting emotions of her teammates are even harder to manage. Meanwhile, Brenda's home life is evolving faster than she can keep up, redefining her role as a mother, a friend, and even a lover. As the season winds down Brenda will find out if she has what it takes to be a winner – at both baseball and life. A funny, poignant, and endearing debut from a writer of rare warmth and humanity.
Mortal Realm Witch
A & M Moonlight Creations, 5.99
Enter a fantasy world where magic is real and animals talk, teach, and are best friends of witches and warlocks - and where one special witch dreams of a day when witches and mortals are friends.
The Dead Key
Thomas & Mercer, 15.95
It’s 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world.
Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland’s largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees, and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault’s safe-deposit boxes were lost.
In the years since, Cleveland’s wealthy businessmen kept the truth buried in the abandoned high-rise. The ransacked offices and forgotten safe-deposit boxes remain locked in time, until young engineer Iris Latch stumbles upon them during a renovation survey. What begins as a welcome break from her cubicle becomes an obsession as Iris unravels the bank’s sordid past. With each haunting revelation, Iris follows the looming shadow of the past deeper into the vault—and soon realizes that the key to the mystery comes at an astonishing price.
It Came From Ohio...
Turn on a night light, lock your door, and close the window blinds . . . Join investigative reporter James Renner as he looks into 13 tales of mysterious, creepy, and unexplained events in the Buckeye State, including:
• The giant, spark-emitting Loveland Frog
• The bloodthirsty Melon Heads of Kirtland
• The lumber-wielding Werewolf of Defiance
• The Mothman of the Ohio River
• The UFO that inspired "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
• and more!
Chronic Pain Doesn't Have to Hurt
Tate Publishing, 14.99
My personal journey of healing from chronic pain, offering alternatives for self-healing.
Images of America: Cleveland Area Disasters looks back at the historic disasters to strike Cleveland in the first half of the 20th century. It documents the tornados, fires, cave-ins, accidents, and explosions that befell the region during that period. Most Clevelanders have heard stories of the Colinwood school fire, the Lorain tornado, the Cleveland Clinic fire, and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey fire; however, over the decades, the true events and the tall tales that followed have become blurred. Some disasters, such as the West 117th Street explosion and the Waterworks Tunnel cave-ins, seem almost completely forgotten. Although tragic, the disasters in this book affected the lives of Clevelanders and often generated changes for the good, which prevented these sorts of tragedies from occurring again. Sadly, in some instances, they did not.
Random House, 9.99
Through historical fiction Douglas Savage has painted a psychological picture of novelist Stephen Crane. Against the backdrop of the lush countryside and treachery of Cuba just after the Spanish–American War, A Mouthful of Dust does what no biographer can do—examine the heart and soul of a twenty-seven-year-old writer grappling with his own death.
House of Horrors
Kent State University Press, 15.00
House of Horrors tells the story of Anthony Sowell, an ex-Marine and friendly neighbor who hid a shocking secret. From 2007-2009, Sowell murdered 11 women in his Cleveland neighborhood. He had lured the women to his home with promises of drugs, then strangled them. The victims were buried in and around Sowell's house. The book profiles each of the women and reveals the factors that lead to their fatal encounters with Sowell.
Return to Fern Valley
Tate Publishing, 11.99
Ohio's Lake Erie Wineries
Ohio’s Lake Erie wineries and vineyards are rooted in tradition. European immigrants settled on the Lake Erie islands and nearby shoreline in the mid-1800s, and the grape industry flourished in Ohio into the early 20th century. Industrialization from Cleveland to Toledo swallowed up prime growing property along the lakeshore, but many farms continued to grow grapes. During Prohibition, wine making went underground. When it ended, restaurant owners bottled their own fortified wines and some of the wineries started mass producing wine with new equipment. The wines of Ohio, like those all over the eastern United States, were mostly sweet and made from native labrusca grapes. In the 1960s, Ohio’s serious winemakers learned how to cultivate European-style vinifera grapes along Lake Erie’s shore and on the islands. Chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon grapes now grow alongside Concord and Catawba. Today, more than 40 wineries stretch across northern Ohio.
Along Ohio's Historic Route 20
Route 20 was named a Federal Highway in 1926. It was one of America’s first cross-country highways extending from Boston, Massachusetts to Newport Oregon. For the first half of the 20th century it was the most important east-west road across northern Ohio, serving as the connecting link between the Northeastern and Midwestern states. In contrast to many early highways, Route 20 has remained almost completely intact and can be traveled much as our ancestors did in years past. This book celebrates a trip across Ohio on historic two-lane Route 20, illustrated with more than 200 vintage postcards that show small towns, cities and rural vistas. Not to be forgotten are the roadside tourist courts, hotels, diners and gas stations that made automobile travel possible.
Ohio Train Disasters
The History Press, 19.99
In nearly a century of heavy rail travel in Ohio, a dozen train accidents stand out as the most horrific. In the bitter cold, just after Christmas 1876, eleven cars plunged seventy-five feet into the frigid water below. The stoves burst into flames, burning to death all who were not killed by the fall. Fires cut short the lives of forty-three people in the head-on Doodlebug collision in Cuyahoga Falls in 1940 and eleven people in a train wreck near Dresden in 1912. Author Jane Ann Turzillo unearths these red-hot stories of ill-fated passengers, heroic trainmen and the wrecking crews who faced death and destruction on Ohio's rails.
Lost in the Tallgrass
The Write Place, 12.99
Set in 1916, a 14-year-old boy runs away from home after being rejected by his stepmother. He travels to Kansas chasing his dream of becoming a cowboy. There he learns that a romantic notion of the past is not a promise for the future.
Going Forth By Day (Children of Stone Book Two)
Create Space, 21.99
Marai, a former shepherd who discovered a fallen 'star' and was gifted with amazing abilities by the unearthly Children of Stone, has been separated from those he loves. Kept apart by forces seeking to control all of them, they must independently grow to understand their own powers while continuing their journey to wisdom. Will they be reunited? Will Marai rise up and begin to Go Forth By Day? Will those who care for him survive without his guidance and love?
Going Forth By Day, the second book in the Children of Stone series, is the story of Marai's companions, Ariennu, Deka, and Naibe-Ellit. Through their involvement in the lives of the royalty of ancient Khemet, new alliances form, loyalties shift, and the comfortable lives of some are shaken to their core. Blending history, ancient literature, mythology, classic archetypes, and personal inspiration, Woldering takes the reader on a speculative and emotional journey through the ancient world with detailed and thought-provoking characters whose stories weave themselves into the tapestry of history.
Eric VanRaepenbusch, 8.99
BABY BEARDS is a book that explores the fun and excitement of healthy eating for a toddler. The BIG messes and HUGE smiles bring plenty of photo opportunities. Young children will love the colorful illustrations, rhymes, and trying to find the dog and camera on each page. Parents will love interacting and talking with their child as they read. As an added bonus, parents can add photographs and record eating milestones, making this book one that children will ask to have read OVER and OVER again!
Stuff We Talk About
Create Space, 19.99
SWTA is a compilation of various topics that cover the conversational spectrum about men, relationships, children, family, beauty, fashion, career, spirituality, other folks, and so much more. This book is loaded with commonalities of everyday experiences that most women share regardless of socio-economic or racial backgrounds.
Super Steph Book I: Beginnings and Bullies
Todd Zverloff, 5.99
Fourth grader Stephanie Sullivan gains superpowers after drinking expired juice and has to save her school from Dan Stinker, the resident bully.