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Book: What Happens Next? A Life's True Tale by Billy Ray Chitwood
A non-fictional memoir that covers the author's time in East Tennessee and his whirlwind education in the big world of neon lights, gin mills, pretty ladies, acting, television, stage, and film. It is also a book that takes a remarkably honest look at some mistakes and triumphs. It is a story that has depth beneath the glitter of shiny piano bars and lovely women, beneath a family disconnect and [...]
 
Book: Trail of Deceptions by Beverly Mendenhall
The ward of a fanatical preacher, Jade Morgan is desperate for freedom. When a shiftless gambler befriends her and stands wrongly accused of taking her innocence, she weds him, demanding a divorce when they arrive in Weaverville, California, where a job awaits her. Rand Hollilday attempts to prepare Jade for a life of independence during their journey. As her spirit blossoms, so does her [...]
 
Book: California Motorcycle Accident Handbook by Edward Smith
You've been in a motorcycle crash. Something you didn't expect when you woke up this morning. I'm Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer and I've been handling motorcycle crashes since 1982. I wrote this book so that California motorcyclists can understand what comes next. In fact, you may already have some of the following questions. How do I get my motorcycle repaired? Is it best to go [...]
 
Book: Lost Angel in Paradise - Outdoor Days from L.A. to the Lost Coast of California (Lost Angel Adventures) by Linda Ballou
Escape with Linda Ballou as she takes you on her favorite power-packed outdoor days along the sun-splashed California Coast from Malibu to Mendocino. Let your spirit free strolling long stretches of sand in solitude. Breathe deeply of the restorative energy of fern forests shaded by towering redwood giants. Kick-start creativity while meandering among flower-infused meadows, listening to wind [...]
 
Book: Who Let The Ghosts Out? by Stephen Gray
This is a ghost story with a serious moral lesson, about an actual event and place. A Civil War veteran, Admiral Casper, becomes a federal whistle blower. He is upset about being forgotten in an unmarked grave, in a desecrated cemetery, that is now a city dog park. For almost fifty years this federal crime went unreported. MASS DESECRATION OF VETERANS GRAVES.
 
Book: Gold - A tale of the California gold rush by Steve Bartholomew
Sometimes you bring your own gold when you travel to the gold rush. Marcus Gale wanted only to get out of New York. Now he's bound to California and the Land of Gold. He means to get there even if it means shoveling coal all the way. He's taken a job as stoker on a steamship, without knowing what a stoker does. He finds himself caught up in a conspiracy to take over the ship, robbery, mayhem, and [...]
 
Book: California Transit - Stories by Diane Lefer
"From the world that could not be saved, the storyteller salvages small, strange stuff and assembles it into a narrative of alarming beauty and mystery and sadness." from the introduction by Carole Maso Southern California: land of dislocation and assimilation, a place Diane Lefer knows well. In California Transit, she uses conversational prose and macabre wit to zero-in on a Mexican woman [...]
 
Book: An Emperor Among Us - The Eccentric Life and Benevolent Reign of Norton I, Emperor of the United States, as Told by Mark Twain by David St. John
As cigar smoke hangs heavy in Mark Twain's sitting room, the members of the Monday Evening Club eagerly await his presentation, which they think will be the reading of his paper The Decay of the Art of Lying. Instead, Twain changes his mind and enthralls his audience with the true tale of one man's unconventional and fascinating journey through life. It is 1849 when a thirty-one-year-old Jewish [...]
 
Book: Predictions (Airwaves) by Kim Carmichael
Trying to change her outlook, meteorologist, Charlotte Bernard, came to California for a change of seasons. When she took the job as Weather Forecaster for KCLA she didn't realize their ratings were falling like raindrops and weather doesn't truly exist in the Sunshine State. Cameraman, Jake Wells, is on a mission to save the station where he used to run around as kid on the studio lot, and the [...]
 
Book: Terra's Nite Out by Quanah Edwards
With dark hair, green eyes, round hips, and natural breasts, Terra stands out among a sea of blue eyed blondes with boob jobs. She catches the eye of a few of the party goers. Watch as she hooks up with a current IT boy, a former child star who is now a divorced dad of two, and a couple. I was inspired to write this after I entered a contest on lushstories.com about the VIP lifestyle. After the [...]
 
Book: Taken Away by Patricia Yager Delagrange
Jessee Bradford, a respected young veterinarian in Santa Barbara, California, comes home to find his wife Serena and baby daughter Sofia missing. Jessee fears they have been kidnapped or worse. The FBI investigators believe his wife, the only daughter of a wealthy philanthropist who never approved of their marriage, simply abandoned Jessee and took their child with no intention of returning. [...]
 
Book: Beyond the Ivory Tower by Jill Blake
If there's one thing math professor Anna Lazarev believes in, it's the value of higher education. So when her younger sister announces she's dropping out of college, Anna places the blame squarely on the man who inspired her sister's rebellion. Venture capitalist Ethan Talbot claims the US academic system is broken. His solution? Pay top students to "opt out" and pursue their entrepreneurial [...]
 
Book: All About Eve - The California Tales by Nathan de Ravin
Set in a modern day Californian high school with everyday people and situations, the protagonist, Rachel Levinson, finds her life becoming anything but every day when she researches an local urban legend for a school paper. Could the legend be true? As she digs deeper, uncovering dangerous family secrets along the way, Rachel finds herself facing a head on collision with a vengeful spirit, but [...]
 
Book: Dreaming of Laughing Hawk by Linda Katmarian
Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Compulsion Reads. Find Dreaming of Laughing Hawk listed in the Compulsion Reads Endorsed Book Library at www.compulsionreads.com/books. Do you love a romantic suspense novel with complex characters, vivid scenes, and fast-paced dialog and action? A story you want to live in? In 1964 Elizabeth Leigh is looking forward to college, escape from her unhappy home, and the [...]
 
Book: CALIFORNIA BOUND by Frank Kelso
Texas Lawmen won't go! The U.S. Cavalry can't go! 2 Civil War vets wade the Rio to find a stolen girl! In a Union POW camp, Jeb and Zach dreamed of California Gold, but the road West leads Jeb to his sis's home in Texas. They ride home to find a border war raging on the Rio Bravo near Eagle Pass TX! Cattle rustled! Ranches burnt! Innocents killed or kidnapped! Juan Cortina holds a grudge against [...]
 
Book: Do I Ever! - A quirky romantic novel by Roger E. Bruner
Two pending divorces. Two cowardly deceptions. Two couples still in love. Andrea (Andi) and Drew Stevens are awaiting the finalization of their divorce. Drew is a Christian. He disapproves of divorce. And he still loves Andi no matter how unlovable she's grown. Andi is a Christian, too. But she believes she's grown unworthy of Drew's love. And she refuses to explain her insistence on divorce. [...]
 
Book: Without a Net by Jill Blake
Eva has always played it safe...and where has it gotten her? Betrayed by her husband, left alone to raise her young son, and struggling to keep head above water, the last thing she needs is another philandering male. Max has always pursued adventure...until he's sidelined by an accident. While recovering from his injuries, he discovers that the biggest adventure of his life may be closer than he [...]
 
Book: The Carmel Charmers Series by Kemberlee Shortland
The Carmel Charmers Series is set in the quaint town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, at a time when eating ice cream while walking through town was against the law, and one required a permit to wear high heels! And the men are so charming, they should be illegal too! This series includes: Tutti-Frutti Blues - Town therapist Maisie Daniels is having a bad day. A double scoop of tutti-frutti ice [...]
 
Book: The Spark That Left Us by K. Brooks
If I had known, that one week was all that I had left, maybe I would have paid more attention. If I had known, maybe I would have taken more time to care. My sister showing up at my door? Not an unusual day. A stranger sleeping on my couch, that I didn't leave there the night before? Now that is an unusual day. And unfortunately it was that day, that changed me, my family, and my entire world. [...]
 
Book: Oh sh!t, you're black! by Lawrence D. Elliott
Is there a difference between racism and just having a prejudice? In this collection of humorous anecdotes, the author explores an important question. Picture this...you're on the phone with a guy you've never met. He has a strong and rugged sounding voice. You envision he's six feet five, muscular, and handsome. A perfect specimen of maleness! Then, you're shocked upon meeting him. He's actually [...]
 
Book: Polaris by Timothy Brown
Polaris is the story of an aging man, alone with his sentient machines in a future Death Valley. Robert may or may not be the last surviving member of the human race. His journey takes him through an arid and lonely physical landscape and an internal one of remembrance and regret. I wrote an initial draft of Polaris in several months, than came back to it a year later and wrote the second draft. [...]
 
Book: The Dumpsters of Time by Leonard Stegmann
He's back, and this time Leonard Stegmann explains that sitting naked in hot mud isn't as much fun as you'd think, why God invented television, the reason it's fun to throw away all of your pennies, why nipples are funny little things and why there is really nothing on Earth better than getting free socks. And he somehow manages to do all this, and so much more, in alphabetical order!
 
Book: BAD LIES by Rolynn Anderson
Italy's haunted caves spell danger for an American golfer and a NATO geologist. Sophie Maxwell is a late-blooming, unorthodox golfer, and mother of a precocious thirteen year-old. Determined to put divorce, bankruptcy, and a penchant for gambling in her past, Sophie goes to Italy for a qualifying golf tournament. Jack Walker turned his back on a pro golfing career to become a geologist. As a [...]
 
Book: One Night in Bridgeport by Mark Paxson
Jack McGee is on his way to having it all -- a promising legal - career, marriage to his high school sweetheart, and a happy - normal life -- when his boss sends him to do some legal work - in Bridgeport, California. There he meets a gorgeous local - girl, Lea Rogers, and he throws caution to the wind - for one - night. The next morning, Jack panics when he realizes what he's - risked and rushes [...]
 
Book: Kate's Movie Star (Tales of the Ragoon) by Stan Morris
On Kate's rare night out, she has the bad luck to run into one of the Ragoon, the mercantile aliens who control the Earth. She's sixteen, isn't carrying her Comprehensive Personal License and doesn't have a note from her owner (of course not, she an American!) It's off to the Merced Human Rehabilitation Center for her. But an automobile accident and an absent minded father leads to a chance [...]
 
Book: My Steps Have Already Been Ordered - What happens when free will is not free. by Thomas E Walker
Written to tell the story that takes you into a life of anger, resentment, sex, disappointment, and betrayal while following the assumption that "Free will" is always free. Although, everyone knows that nothing in life is ever free; and there is a price to pay for all things natural. As a teen parent; he encountered situations that nearly cost him all that he had. The troubles he encountered and [...]
 
Book: The Duplicata by David Thornhill Thompson
Ned Pearson wayward son of the New England investment-banking Pearson's wants to comfort his aunt Blake over the death of her son Willie. Cousin Willie, a super-wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist and collector, drove his rare, $15 million Ferrari off the side of a Sierra Madre mountain to a fiery death. But Ned an international motor sports journalist and racing driver just can't make [...]
 
Book: Lady Joe by Mark Saha
Only Jim Harrison's wife could save him now, but she had no use for Lee and was divorcing Jim. "This book touched my heart." - Goodreads Somebody left Lee Estes in charge of the Walker place while the trainers are on the road and he manages to lose a champion cutting horse scheduled to be picked up by a buyer. The unsophisticated buyer only wants Lady Joe as a trophy horse to impress guests in [...]
 
Book: Hollow (Bunny Elder Adventures Book 1) by J.B. Hawker
Ah, Autumn! Crisp weather, colorful leaves, cozy fires, and Halloween, with candy, costumes and ... corpses? Newly-widowed Bunny Elder draws solace from the fall season as she recovers from the shock of her pastor husband's accidental death. With a new home, new job and renewed relationships, she is groping her way to stability, only to be jerked off the healing path by the dead bodies and body [...]
 
Book: Balancing Act (The Santa Monica Trilogy Book 3) by Jill Blake
When Angie goes head to head against her old nemesis Zach, "backroom negotiation" takes on a whole new meaning. As lawyers on opposite sides of a case, they've got plenty to argue about. She's an environmentalist. He's in-house counsel for a land developer. But handling difficult clients, interfering family and friends, and courtroom battles proves easier than facing a growing mutual attraction [...]
 
Book: I'm here to help by S. F. Chapman
It had all seemed so right at the time, Sharon realized with a shudder. Long ago she had made a collection of tiny and innocent decisions that had precipitated a most profound and unpredictable outcome. Minutes ago her seventeen-year-old daughter, Renita had stumbled upon the subtle inconsistencies of her birth while completing some college applications. Now she waited reproachfully for Sharon to [...]
 
Book: How Sweet It Is by Bonnie Blythe
#1 Amazon Bestseller in Inspirational Religious Fiction! Embrasser means to kiss in French. Delphine D'Arleux, traveling in Belgium for a candy-making class, doesn't expect to have the word demonstrated to her, especially by a stranger. Brad Larsen, an avowed chocoholic, knows he behaved badly by kissing the pretty French girl, but he can't quite regret his actions. Can he show Delphine that a [...]
 
Book: Ashes of Autumn (Mina's Adventures Book 4) by Maria Grazia Swan
On the eve of the final sale of her mother's business, Italian import Mina Calvi faces a crossroads. The road she dreams of foretells a life of rosy bliss in a quaint Laguna Canyon cottage, sipping cappuccino with her lover, Diego. When a chance detour brings her face to face with the love of her life caught in the wrong place, with the wrong crowd, that road to paradise takes a turn onto a rocky [...]
 
Book: Prelude to Insanity (Darkness Rises Book 1) by Timothy p Carnahan
Cole Larson is a socially awkward teenager, growing up in the small town of Los Olivos and with a huge crush on Laila Hardcastle, a childhood friend who seems way out of his league. After Cole is beaten up by her boyfriend, Laila takes pity on him and they get together just as summer begins, with their relationship developing quickly. In the background of their blossoming romance, however, Los [...]
 
Book: Notes Above Water - Selected Poems by Kirby Wright
The poems in NOTES ABOVE WATER are concerned with the lives of suburbanites and their secret sufferings alienation, boredom, infertility, and infidelity. Reoccurring family members are threaded through the book, particularly dysfunctional parents who seem oblivious to the pain they're inflicting on their kids. There's excruciating conflict between the narrator and June Spoon, an ice queen [...]
 


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