New Books

30 July, 2015

THREE MORE WORDS, Ashley Rhodes-Courter

“…highly interesting, it serves as a window onto the foster-care system.” – Kirkus Reviews

The long awaited  sequel to the New York Times and London Times bestseller THREE LITTLE WORDS

 In her undeniably honThree More Wordsest and inspiring memoir Three Little Words, we were captivated by Ashley Rhodes-Courter, an amazing young woman who—through nine years, forty-four caseworkers, and fourteen foster homes—“not only survived, she thrived” (Teen People).   Since then Rhodes-Courter has become an international advocate for adoption and child welfare. She has been interviewed by Diane Sawyer and spoken on Capitol Hill. She was called upon to run for Florida State Senate. She became a foster and adoptive parent, helping children just like herself. And she has begun to come to terms with her past.

THREE MORE WORDS tells the riveting story of how the foster kid who refused to slip through the cracks has begun to change the world.

Each year, an estimated 30,000 adolescents age out of the foster care system without being adopted. Only about 7,000 of these young adults go on the college or vocational training. The remaining 23,000 children are left to fend for themselves, many becoming involved with drugs, alcohol, unplanned pregnancy, prostitution, and ultimately jail. This is a real problem affecting our nation and Rhodes-Courter is an advocate for change. She has the unique perspective of both a foster kid and parent, and aims to put the “child” back in “child welfare.”

THREE MORE WORDS also reveals the nuances of life after foster care, including college, marriage (which began with a beautiful wedding on a boat that was almost hijacked—literally—by some biological family members) and having kids, from fostering children and the heartbreak of watching them return to destructive environments, to the miraculous joy of blending biological and adopted offspring.

 Whether she’s overcoming self-image issues, responding to calls for her to run for Senate, or dealing with continuing drama from her biological family, Ashley Rhodes-Courter never fails to impress or inspire with her authentic voice and uplifting message.

 


1 June, 2015

Family Trees, Kerstin March

In this moving and insightful debut novel set along the breathtaking shores of the Great Lakes, a young woman must decide which dreams are worth fighting for, and which roots to keep firmly in place…
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Sensible and self-reliant, Shelby Meyers knows exactly what she wants. She’ll never again depend on her errant mother, Jackie, who abandoned Shelby when she was a baby—and is forever searching for an elusive, glittering life. All Shelby needs is her beautiful, windswept Lake Superior, her loving grandparents, and the treasured-but-struggling family apple orchard she helps run—until a new love, Ryan Chambers, opens her heart to chance, and her eyes to a wider world than she ever imagined.

But just as Shelby is looking toward an exciting future, Jackie unexpectedly returns—determined to make up for the past and “help” her daughter get everything she never could. Her confidence shaken, Shelby finds herself at odds with Ryan, and with his wealthy family’s overbearing expectations. Now, through wrenching change and sudden loss, Shelby must find a way to see herself, and her mother, in a new light, forge an all-too-fragile understanding—and risk the kind of freedom that brings its own unexpected, enduring rewards…

Reviews

“Fans of intelligent contemporary romance will enjoy this story of love, forgiveness and growing into adulthood.”  –St. Paul Pioneer
“Kerstin March writes a captivating story of love, heartbreak and triumph.” –Laura Sobiech author of Fly a Little Higher“A charming, romantic story of life after loss, filled with lush descriptions of Lake Superior’s magical beauty.” –Kristina Riggle, author of the Whole Golden World

“A sweet, heartening story, Family Trees explores love, loyalty, and the growing pains inherent in building a life for oneself.” –Lindsey Palmer, author of If We Lived Here

 About the Author
After graduating from St. Olaf College, Kerstin March built a career around writing.  During her start as a small town newspaper reporter, and as a public relations professional later on, she always enjoyed bringing out the personal side of news stories.  Kerstin lives in Minnesota with her husband and their three children. When her family isn’t scrambling with work, school, and errands, they can often be found up north, braving ice-cold swims, fish boils, and bear scares on Lake Superior’s shore. Family Trees is her first novel. For more information, please visit www.kerstinmarch.com.

11 May, 2015

BREAKING THE MALE CODE: Unlocking the Power of Friendship

Calling for a new men’s movement, a noted psychotherapist examines the critical role close male friendsh9781592409044_medium_Breaking_the_Male_Codeips play in helping men lead happy, healthy lives.

For much of the past century, men have operated under the rules of Male Code, a rigid set of guidelines that equate masculinity with stoicism, silence, and strength. As men’s roles have changed over the past few decades, this lingering pressure to hide their emotions has wreaked havoc on men’s lives. Lacking the ability to communicate their needs, desires, and feelings effectively, they are more likely to suffer from depression, anger, and isolation, and their relationships often suffer.

Noted psychotherapist Rob Garfield has worked with men struggling with emotional issues for more than forty years.  Through his “Friendship Labs,” clinical settings in which men engage in group therapy, he teaches men how to identify inner conflicts, express emotions, and communicate openly. According to Garfield, traditional therapy has largely marginalized men since many lack the tools to properly engage. But when men learn to open up to other men who share similar experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives, they not only build lasting bonds but learn the skills necessary to thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Writing with empathy and authority, Garfield examines the unique challenges men face and urges them to abandon male code in favor of a masculinity that integrates traditional male traits with emotional intimacy skills. He urges men to connect with other men using the Four C’s of intimacy—connection, communication, commitment, and co-operation—to form meaningful bonds. Drawing on real-life stories and original research, he shows how their friendships can serve as the foundation on which men can build and sustain deep relationships with all of their loved ones—including spouses, children, and parents—and in turn lead to happier, healthier lives.

Rob Garfield M.D., a psychotherapist and clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, has been recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as both one of the city’s “Top Docs” and “Best Therapists.” An engaging speaker, he has presented his work on men’s friendships to both lay and professional audiences and published numerous articles on the subject of male emotional intimacy.

“Dr. Garfield explains why emotional intimacy is a rare quality in male friendships and offers a clear road map for men to forge deeper connections. His style is warm, engaging, and user-friendly. I suspect that countless wives will put this book on their husband’s bedside table.”
Harriet Lerner, Ph.D, author of The Dance of Anger and Marriage Rules

“Rob Garfield knows that the cure for what ails men is intimacy—connection to themselves and others. With compassion and wit, he shows men, step to step, how to move beyond the strictures of male code into the richness of an open heart. Both practical and moving, Breaking The Male Code belongs on the shelf of every man wanting to grow, and every clinician dedicated to helping.”
Terrence Real, author of I Don’t Want to Talk about It

“In this wonderfully readable book, Dr. Robert Garfield brings his extensive knowledge and rich experience to show how men think and feel about their relationships with other men. Breaking the Male Code delivers a powerful and hopeful message, one that provides men of all ages with the skills necessary to enjoy deep and fulfilling relationships with each other. This book has the potential to dramatically improve all the important relationships in men’s lives!”
Constance Ahrons, Ph.D., professor emerita, University of Southern California, and author of The Good Divorce and We’re Still Family

“A compelling book that goes to the heart of male loneliness and points the way toward deeper and more fulfilling friendships in men’s lives.”
Sam Osherson, author of Finding Our Fathers and The Stethoscope Cure

“Remember how Thoreau said that men ‘lead lives of quiet desperation?’ If only he’d read Rob Garfield’s book! He’d understand not only why they’re desperate, but also how to address their needs. A vital message about men’s emotional needs, offered with care, thought, and great compassion.”
Michael Kimmel, author of Guyland and executive director, Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University

“With warmth and empathy, Rob Garfield takes on the task of helping us to overcome our stereotypes about maleness and our often incomplete definition of friendship so that men can relate to each other in an intimate way.”
Donald N. Bersoff, Ph.D., J.D., former president, American Psychological Association


1 April, 2015

GAME ON: The Bod Squad Series (#1), Gabra Zackman

Part caper, part romantiGame Onc comedy, this hilariously entertaining book in the Bod Squad series (Pocket Star, April 6, 2015)  features a sassy and sexy undercover operative, Susannah “Legs” Carter, and her Ocean’s Eleven–style team of private investigators.

From Washington, DC, to Paris, Legs is tailing Charles Oakley Palmer III, a white-collar criminal she’s determined to bring to justice. But will romance or betrayal blossom along the way? Find out in the first in a sizzling new series about a team of highly skilled investigators who go undercover to catch criminals—while juggling romance, world travel, and danger around every corner.

Debut author and actor Gabra Zackman knows romance. Game On was inspired by the more than 100 romance and women’s fiction titles she has narrated for audio. Zackman divides her time between her native New York City and Denver, Colorado. Audible will release an audio version later in 2015.


26 March, 2015

If We Lived Here, Lindsey J. Palmer

Razor-sharp and thought-provoking, Lindsey J. Palmer’s incisive new novel both celebrates and skewers modern relationships and their milestones, offering a witty and wise look at what it takes to commit–to love, to a home, and to the life that’s right for you.
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After three years of dating and trading nights at their respective New York City apartments, Emma Feit and Nick O’Hare are moving in together. Or they will be, as soon as they find the right place. For two happily-in-love professionals–Nick’s a teacher, Emma tutors college-bound teens–with good credit and stellar references, how hard can it be? As it turns out, very–in ways that are completely unexpected.

Suddenly Emma is filled with questions about cohabiting, about giving up her freedom–not to mention about who’s going to clean the toilet. And while her best friend plans a dream wedding to her wealthy fiancé, and her older brother settles into suburban bliss, Emma must figure out what home means to her–and how on earth to get there.

If We Lived Here is the sweet, surprising story of a couple forced to weather all sorts of storms as they try to build a life together. The trials faced by Emma and Nick will be relatable to anyone who has ever taken a chance on love–with all its complications.” –Sarah Pekkanen, international best-selling author of Catching Air

If We Lived Here is a vivid depiction of both the claustrophobia and the potential of love and real estate. It’s a heartfelt exploration of what makes a home, and a funny, engaging chronicle of the growing pains of adult life.” –Jen Doll, author of Save the Date

Praise for Lindsey J. Palmer’s Pretty in Ink

“Filled with juicy gossip and outrageous office politics…Palmer writes this side of womanhood brilliantly.” –Publishers Weekly

“The politics of the magazine industry find full display in this deliciously delectable read.” –Booklist

“If you liked The Devil Wears Prada you’ll love this.” –Women’s Health, Book Club Pick

Lindsey J. Palmer, worked for many years as a professional writer and editor at Glamour, Redbook, and Self, and now she teaches AP Literature and Creative Writing at a public high school in Manhattan. Her first novel, Pretty in Ink (2014) was a Women’s Health book club pick and caused Lindsey to be named a Target Emerging Author. Find Lindsey at lindseyjpalmer.com, @lindseyjpalmer, and facebook.com/lindseyjpalmerauthor.

9 January, 2015

MIGHTY MIDSIZED COMPANIES: How Leaders Overcome 7 Silent Growth Killers, Robert Sher

Midsized companies are often overlooked by Wall Street and mainstream media outlets, though they are an integral part of the nation’s economy. A thriving midsized company sector is essenshertial for a healthy economy, but easier said than done, largely because the factors that throttle growth of midsized companies can be quite different than those of their smaller and larger business brethren. Some of these factors are well known, but others can creep up on management teams and go almost unnoticed until it’s too late.

Drawing upon his own experience and interviews with more than 100 companies, author Robert Sher runs through seven “silent growth killers” that plague midsized companies and which, if not addressed, eventually cripple growth. Mighty Midsized Companies offers clear, tangible, actionable advice about dealing with these killers and growing despite them.


9 December, 2014

The Riddle in Stone Trilogy (Omnibus Edition), Robert Evert

In the world of fantaRiddleInStone_Omnibussy novels, Robert Evert is a supernova talent, and the RIDDLE IN STONE series brings twisting suspense and an unforgettable protagonist into the pantheon of great books.

The Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund—a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Over the course of a thrilling trilogy, one will see Edmund battle adversaries ancient and relentless, fall deep in love and endure betrayal, to lead his own kingdom and enter into a battle that will determine the fate of man forever.

With a breathtaking sense of tie and place, and the perfect protagonist in Edmund, Robert Evert has created a series that will last the test of time, and will enchant readers for generations.

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9 December, 2014

GUARDIAN ANGELS, Joan Wester Anderson

New York Times bestselling author Joan Wester Anderson has chronicled the encounters of ordinary people with angels once again. In Guardian Angels, she shares remarkable stories of answered prayers that remind us that we are never alone. In this inspiring collection, the work of angels takes many forms, including miracles, healings, aGUARDIAN ANGELSnd heavenly visitations. These events all convey a single, urgent, and loving message: God answers prayer. “There’s real power in prayer,” writes beloved New York Times best-selling author Joan Wester Anderson. “We can trust that God’s intense love for us will carry us through.” Help is at hand when we need it most. Anderson’s astonishing first-hand accounts testify to the hope that prayer offers: a dying infant inexplicably recovers after an encounter with a mysterious visitor; a long-lost son suddenly returns home for Christmas; a young man drowning in an icy river unaccountably finds himself on shore; a grieving widow, alone and far from home, receives comfort and counsel from angels in disguise. These stories and dozens of others reveal the care of a loving God who touches the most intimate parts of our hearts.

Available in print from Loyola Press. First time audio available now from Audible (on Amazon), ACX and i-Tunes.


20 November, 2014

THE LOST GOSPEL: Jesus’ Marriage to Mary Magdalene, Bride of God, Simcha Jacobovi and Barrie Wilson

In a startling follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Family Tomb, a historical detective story that unravels a newly translated document filled with startling revelations and fascinating detail about the life and times of Jesus.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gnostic writings and now The Lost Gospel, a newly decoded manuscript that uncovers groundbreaking revelations about th51KT+T4c2YL._SY300_e life and times of Jesus of Nazareth – a startling follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Family Tomb.

Waiting to be rediscovered in the British Library is an ancient manuscript of the early Church, copied by an anonymous monk. The manuscript is at least 1,450 years old, possibly dating to the first century i.e., Jesus’ lifetime.  And now, The Lost Gospel provides the first ever translation from Syriac into English of this unique document that tells the inside story of Jesus’ social, family and political life.

The Lost Gospel takes the reader on an unparalleled historical adventure through a paradigm shifting manuscript. What the authors eventually discover is as astounding as it is surprising: the confirmation of Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdalene; the names of their two children; the towering presence of Mary Magdalene; a previously unknown plot on Jesus’ life, 13 years prior to the crucifixion; an assassination attempt against Mary Magdalene and their children; Jesus’ connection to political figures at the highest level of the Roman Empire; and a religious movement that antedates that of Paul—the Church of Mary Magdalene. Part historical detective story, part modern adventure The Lost Gospel reveals secrets that have been hiding in plain sight for millennia.

Praise forThe Jesus Family Tomb and How Jesus Became Christian:

A slick and suspenseful narrative. Jacobovici is a maverick, a self-made Indiana Jones.

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“Absolutely fascinating. Many would argue the biggest story or one of the biggest stories of our lifetime.” (NBC’s TODAY)

“This discovery is potentially the last nail in the coffin of biblical literalism.” (John Dominic Crossan, author of God & Empire)

“Wilson’s How Jesus Became Christian represents a much-needed sea change in our understanding of how one moves from the historical Jesus to the religion called Christianity. It is beyond doubt one of the most significant works on early Christianity to appear in decades. It is bound to stir controversy.” (James D. Tabor, author of The Jesus Dynasty)

 Simcha Jacobovici, co-author of The Jesus Family Tomb,is a three time Emmy-winning Israeli-Canadian documentary film-maker and a widely published writer and lecturer. His articles have appeared in publications such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.  Jacobovici is the host of “The Naked Archaeologist” on the History Channel. t

Barrie Wilson is a professor of religious studies at York University in Toronto, where he specializes in early Christianity. His book How Jesus Became Christian was longlisted for the Cundill International Prize in History and won the Joseph and Faye Tanenbaum Award. Wilson lives in Toronto.


14 October, 2014

THE POWER OF TAO: A Timeless Guide to Happiness and Harmony

For over 2,500 years, Lao Tzu’s philosophy of Tao has helped millions of people to attain and sustain equanimity and happiness.  In his new book, the author of Plato, Not Prozac!, philosopher and City College professor, Lou Marinoff, shows how Tao, or “The Way,” can serve as a potent remedy to stress, anxiety and the daily challenges of living in a constantly changing world.  THE POWER OF TAO illuminates the central teachings of Lao Tzu, applying them to everyday matters facing us all in the areas of health and well-being, love and marriage, creativity and career, personal achievement and purpose.  For more information:

“Opens the way to a new golden age of peace and prosperity.” –Daisaku Ikeda, President, Soka Gokkai International,Tokyo