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New Story of the Month

Nightmare of the Asteroid
by Vincent L. Scarsella



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NEW FICTION



Convergence

by Deborah Madar


When a human connection is made unexpectedly, out of nowhere, hope arises; life seems full of possibilities and worth living, even in the darkest times. So concludes Leigh Ann Fray's latest Convergences column, through which she observes and explores how fate can intercede and transform lives. Suddenly, chance intervenes in her own life when she receives a flattering email from a long forgotten boyfriend. He wonders: Would she be interested in reconnecting, for old time's sake? Phil Perrero's true motivation for reaching out to her, however, is much more complicated. Charlotte White, an emotionally unstable young woman, is obsessed with Leigh Ann. When she discovers Phil's rendezvous plan, The Voice inside Charlotte's head insists she must prevent this reunion. When the two strangers converge in Leigh Ann's home one day, the tragedy that unfolds devastates Leigh Ann. This convergence forces her to confront the question: what is her role in this catastrophe? Is she a victim or the catalyst?



City of Steel, Hearts of Gold... My Lackawanna

by Ralph J. Galanti Jr. and Joanna b. Nervo



This story takes place in the city of Lackawanna during the 1930s.  It is a story dedicated to the men and women of Lackawanna, a small steel city in upstate New York.  It is loosely centered around the life and times of one of its prominent citizens, Ralph J. Galanti, Sr.

 

The events of the book take place during the years of 1932 and 1933.  It also touches upon the early years in Lackawanna, the Western New York area and the migration of the book’s characters from their homeland Italy.  Many facets of these incredible years will be touched upon: the Great Depression, steel making, ethnic cultures, the political atmosphere, crime, home-grown stories of its citizens and of course, the famous Our Lady of Victory Basilica and its legendary founder, Father Nelson Baker.

 

The book relates stories of many of the immigrants and first generation Americans who lived in an era that Tom Brokaw called, “The Greatest Generation.” Many parts of this book are true to life and factual in content.  Other parts are stories I have heard throughout my life and may be factual but also exaggerated.  Some parts are a total figment of my imagination that was developed through the association with many of these characters in the book.  This is not to diminish the special people who were part of this era but only to bring out what a wonderful era it was even though there were many hardships. 

 

Although this story is fictional and loosely based on some actual characters, I hope that those of you who read this book will capture the essence of the era, the courage of its people and the enjoyment they had in spite of the adversities of the times.  This is a unique tale of how good triumphs over evil.    



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New Poetry



Malcontent


by Jeffrey Charles Naish


MALCONTENT is the uncompromising and unparalleled epitaph of a lost soul wandering through the dark depths of a societal wasteland, the last words screaming from a man dragging through the agonies of a mundane existence.  From the trials and terrors of the flesh, to vacant hearts in exile, to the inner turmoil onset by the false hope of prosperity, none shall escape the flames of guilt and regret... as the frayed ends of out timeline burn with dissatisfaction.



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My Hyacinth Mountain


by Antonino Monti






Let me lead you down the path,

so that I may have a laugh.

Because life isn’t so bold,

when your heart is cold.

Wisdom crowds the dark mind,

so you never know what you’ll find...

 

I’m beside the fountain,

do you understand my Hyacinth Mountain?



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New From

Amelia

Press


Sharks Don't Eat Peanut Butter

by Mark Privateer

illustrated by Jennifer Dunlap




Sharks Don't Eat Peanut Butter takes you an your child on an educational adventure from A-Z.


Explore fascinating and unique facts about animals that make their homes in or near water



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New Nonfiction


Mommy, Can I Have That?

Allergy Friendly Recipes The Whole Family Will Enjoy


by Elizabeth Cosgrove Feeney



This is a book of recipes that people with certain allergies can eat and the entire family can enjoy. In this case, the foods are free of eggs, dairy products , peanuts and tree nuts. This book is about making recipes with everyday ingredients found in your kitchen without causing you to spend $30 to make a pan of brownies. I have striven to make sure that these ingredients are not complicated or expensive.


Some years ago, when my youngest son was nine months old, we learned that he was allergic to eggs, dairy products, peanuts and tree nuts. This was' at first' a difficult and frightening diagnosis, but it gave me  inspiration to learn to cook for him and the family and then to write this book.  In the beginning, I would prepare something for my son and something else for the rest of the family. This got old fast. 


I began by taking some of my grandmother's recipes and substituted allergy friendly ingredients for the offending ones. The results were fantastic and the foods were delicious. You can bring them to parties and gatherings and no one would guess that they are non-allergic. There are allergy free foods here that cannot be purchased in stores, such as cinnamon rolls, donuts, marshmallow fluff and sponge candy. 


My purpose here is to make cooking for a family member with certain food allergies less intimidating. I hope all readers find some things in this book they can use and enjoy.




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The Boundless Open Sea:

Essays at the Intersection of

Zen and Critical Theory


by Dr. Bradley Kaye


For the last forty years critical theories in Europe have been positing critiques of Western society without

fully embracing Buddhist traditions.  In Dr. Kaye's opinion that is a terrible mistake, and he attempts a fusion

between eastern and western social critique by focusing on concepts such as nothingness (Sunyata), instant

enlightenment (Satori and Nirvana), bio-power, space-time, and nihilism.  The entire purpose of the book

is to see if Buddhism and Critical Theory can create pathways out of actual oppressions due to

'clinging of mind' which Buddhism says is the cause of suffering (Dukkha).



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