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Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush
Title: Indian Paintbrush
Published: November 26, 2018
Arizona, December 1943. After surviving perilous six-month journeys to 1889 and 1918, the Carsons, five siblings from the present day, seek a respite in their home state. While Adam and Greg settle down with their Progressive Era brides, Natalie and Caitlin start romances with wartime aviators and Cody befriends a Japanese family in an internment camp. The time travelers regroup, bury some ghosts, and continue their search for their missing parents. Then old problems return, new ones emerge, and a peaceful hiatus becomes a race for survival. In INDIAN PAINTBRUSH, the sequel to RIVER RISING and THE MEMORY TREE, several young adults find love and adventure as they navigate the home front during the height of World War II.

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The Memory Tree

The Memory Tree
Title: The Memory Tree
Published: April 30, 2018
Days after barely escaping 1889 with their lives, the Carsons, siblings from the present day, resume their search for their missing parents in 1918. While Adam and his pregnant wife, Bridget, settle in Minnesota, unaware of a wildfire that will kill hundreds, Greg seeks clues in his great-grandparents' Mexico, where he finds love, danger, and enemies. At the same time, Natalie, the ambitious journalist, follows a trail to World War I France, and teen twins Cody and Caitlin rekindle a friendship with an old Pennsylvania friend haunted by her past. In THE MEMORY TREE, the sweeping sequel to RIVER RISING, several time travelers find answers and meaning as they continue the adventure of a lifetime in the age of doughboys, silent movies, and Model T's.

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River Rising

River Rising
Title: River Rising
Published: September 18, 2017
Weeks after his parents disappear on a hike, engineer Adam Carson, 27, searches for answers. Then he discovers a secret web site and learns his mom and dad are time travelers stuck in the past. Armed with the information he needs to find them, Adam convinces his younger siblings to join him on a rescue mission to the 1880s. While Greg, the adventurous middle brother, follows leads in the Wild West, Adam, journalist Natalie, and high school seniors Cody and Caitlin do the same in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Like the residents of the bustling steel community, all are unaware of a flood that will destroy the city on May 31, 1889. In RIVER RISING, the first novel in the five-book Carson Chronicles series, five young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they experience America in the age of bustle dresses, gunslingers, and robber barons.

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A Broken Reality

A Broken Reality
Title: A Broken Reality
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Published: September 27, 2018
Ten-year-old, Danny Madsen, has been missing for four days when Jesse Carlton begins his own search for his godson on a frigid, snowy night. Driving along a deserted rural road, Jesse hits a stretch of black ice at the same time Danny appears from the thicket. Unable to control the car, Jesse slams into the boy and watches helplessly as Danny’s body flies back into the dark brush. When Jesse regains consciousness, he has no recollection of how he and his car wound up in a ditch. However, there’s a witness: Charles Hastings, the sociopathic kidnapper who chased Danny through the brush and into the path of Jesse’s car. Hastings takes this chance to set up Jesse so he’ll take the fall for both Danny’s fate. And so the mind games begin—an onslaught of psychological manipulation that devastates Jesse, his wife, Danny’s parents and the cops’ investigation. Inexplicably, the torment continues even after the primary suspect is killed and the rollercoaster of emotions and confusion seems never-ending, until the final and devastating truth is revealed.

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Lucifer, Eve and Adam

Lucifer, Eve and Adam
Title: Lucifer, Eve and Adam
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Published: November 15, 2016
When the actual existence of the human race is threatened by Eve and Adam's refusal to mate,The Creator orders her #1 angel-in-training, Lucifer, to earth to solve the problem. But with the clock running out on Eve's fertility and Lucifer's own profound fear of intimacy impeding any progress whatsoever, it's going to take more than a miracle for the inept, bumbling angel to bring the apparently incompatible and far-too-human Eve and Adam together. Lucifer Eve and Adam is a funny, fast-paced romp through the Garden of Eden. Inspired by Eve's Diary from the incredible Mark Twain, this "absolutely true" and "completely honest" story of Creation transforms the dark and dreary myth of universal mortality, the subordination of women, and the shame of original sin into a brand new narrative that reflects the joy of life, the strength of equality and togetherness, and the power emanating from the very first story of love.

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Colorworld

Colorworld
Title: Colorworld
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Published: December 24, 2013
Author's Twitter: @colorworldbooks
They said they'd cure her allergies. They lied. They've been looking for her. Every kid dreams of having super powers. And now Wendy has the power to give them. Wen knows what love looks like. Since her mom died over a year ago, she’s seen it every day on her orphaned younger brother’s face. Wen’s made good on her promise to her mom that she’d take care of Ezra, even quitting her carefree party-girl ways to become a hard-working college student so she can provide for him. Wen knows what love feels like, too. Because when she touches people, she feels what they do. “Uniquely perceptive” is what her mom called it, and Wen’s not going to argue; she doesn’t know any different. But an energy therapy study changes not only what Wen knows about her unusual gift; it also changes her. Now, instead of feeling emotions, her touch brings death to others. No one is safe around her, especially Ezra. (*Intended for 16 and up.)

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FUTURE PROMETHEUS

FUTURE PROMETHEUS: Emergence and Evolution
Title: FUTURE PROMETHEUS: Emergence and Evolution
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In the tradition of dystopian science-fiction, the Future Prometheus - The Series compiles five novellas into on full-length epic of a world where the science we know today has warped into masterful and terrifying ways. Emergence begins with a mysterious pandemic that diminishes men's ability to think rationally making them terrifying killers. With women seizing power, a desperate pair of plans are developed - one is to keep the survivors safe behind the walls of mega-states, and the other requires finding unaffected men to re-populate the world. Emergence follows both the growth of artificial persons' (APs) sapience as they find their footing in the bold new civilization, and the world altering effects of the sole surviving man from more than one hundred sixty years ago. Revolution finds the powerful mega-state Nemericana forming a defensive line against the formation of a powerful enemy - their own artificial persons gone rogue. And while Successions unveils shifting world powers with humanity balancing on the edge of extinction, Resurrections reveals the formation of unlikely alliances to fight the forces of evil culminating in one massive invasion on Judgment Day - June 6th 2175.

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The CyberBardos

The CyberBardos
Title: The CyberBardos
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Published: July 2, 2014
“It felt like the universe was looking at me. He said he and I were as one.” The mysterious I AM sends morning greetings through media devices to all citizens of the world. The messages unleash humanity’s greatest hopes and most terrifying fears. Concerned the message may have an alien source, governments debate shutting down the World Net. To add to the cultural commotion, Jesus, a self-created entity, has escaped from the virtual New Jerusalem to spread the message, “I am the one behind the envelope.” Wizard cyberreality designer Sunshine Borden and high- tech toy saleswoman Rama Schuur go to extreme measures to discover the source of these messages. What they find is so unexpected that their lives will be forever transformed. Simultaneously, a killer driven by an internal voice hunts down those he believes allowed I AM to enter our world. A continuation of the futuristic thriller I Am the Other, The CyberBardos is a novel about the search for existential meaning, McKenna’s transcendental object at the end of time, mystical sex, and unexpected love.

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Bad Traffick: A Leine Basso Thriller

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Published: December 18, 2012
Dangerous obsessions take center stage when a former assassin and a homicide detective race against the clock to find a missing girl before she's sold to the highest bidder. Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders she didn't commit, and required to stay in L.A., retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier. Soon, a woman contacts Miles, claiming to be his long-lost sister. Her twelve-year-old daughter, Mara, has been abducted and she's desperate to get her back. Leine learns from a contact that Mara escaped, but the traffickers are determined to track her down and deliver her to their powerful client. Running out of time, Leine must find Mara before they do, or she will be lost forever.

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