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Coming Soon Book Two in The Panther Tales Trilogy:
The Queen and The Powerful Pendant

Baja Silver
by Timothy Brown

Book Two in the Sam White Homeless Mysteries

1559 - English privateer, Captain Frances Drake lands his ship on the tip of Baja California heavy with treasure plundered from the Spanish on his historic circumnavigation of the globe.

Fast forward to Sacramento, 2005. Life on the streets is hard. When she tries to do the right thing, it’s about to get worse. TommyLynn Watson-Arce uses her street-fighter skills to save a fellow prostitute from a brutal pimp. The two young sex workers cross paths with Sam White, director of Saint Frances homeless services and their lives become entwined. Tommy-Lynn pays for her act of charity when the savage pimp tracks them down, kidnaps her new friend, and leaves TommyLynn bleeding out. Barely recovered from her injury and determined to rescue the abducted young woman, she follows a tip to Mexico, with Sam’s help. But taking on a vicious sex-trafficking cartel could very well turn this extraction attempt fatal…Can TommyLynn free an innocent girl before she becomes the next victim? At the same time, Sam White and his wife Sheila are on vacation in Loreto, Baja when Sam’s reunion with an old friend and their scuba-diving trip turns into a twisting treasure hunt. Sam assists the FBI in a race against the cartel to find two young fugitives first.

Baja Silver is the second book in the gritty Sam White crime adventure series, following Squatter’s Gold. If you like high-stakes action, jaw-dropping twists, unflinching discussion of sexual identity and California history, then you’ll love Timothy Brown’s dark, but hopeful tale. Buy Baja Silver to find the real treasure today!

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THE BEST GIRLS IN THE WORLD: A History of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester in the Missions of Central Alabama, 1940-2020

In September, 1940, five Sisters of St. Joseph left Rochester, NY and traveled by train to Selma, Alabama. Their mission was to partner with the priests of the Society of St. Edmund from Colchester, Vermont, to care for the Black Catholics of central Alabama.


Meeting curious stares, threats from the Ku Klux Klan, and denigration from some of the white populace, the Sisters went about visiting the homes of poor Black residents and, eventually, with the backing of the Edmundites and Catholics in the Rochester area, they built a school, a hospital, a training program for nurses, and a strong bond with the Black community.
The events of March 7, 1965, known in American civil rights history as “Bloody Sunday” involved the Sisters of Selma in ways they could never have imagined, as they became embroiled in the battle for civil rights, tending to the wounds of those marchers who tried to cross the Edmund Pettis Bridge to make their petition for equality heard.


The journey of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester from spectators to participants in the struggle for equal rights, their partnering with the Black community and churches, their involvement with grassroots organizations in the South, and heartfelt relationship with the people of Selma and beyond has continued for over eighty years.


This book documents that journey using archival material, interviews, and historical records and tells a hitherto unknown story of the involvement of religious women in Central Alabama.

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Lower West Side Story
by Jack Foran

Early on the morning of the first day of the new year and new decade 1960, Father Vincent L. Belle, a popular young assistant pastor at the solidly Italian Holy Cross parish on the lower west side of Buffalo was shot dead as he set out to take Communion to shut-ins on the Catholic Church holy day. It remains to this day an unsolved murder.

A few weeks before the incident, a crudely lettered sign in pidgin Italian was posted anonymously in the back of the church accusing one of the priests—apparently Father Belle—of unspecified wrongdoing. The church pastor later said he had talked to Father Belle about the accusation and was convinced there was nothing to it

The sign turned out to be the work of an illiterate old man who was said to have conceived animosity toward Father Belle because he imagined the priest was interfering in his—the old man’s—illicit endeavor to woo a married woman parishioner and mother of eight. The old man was said to have imagined Father Belle was having an affair with the woman. Based on the somewhat bizarre blend of accounts and allegations, the old man was formally accused of the homicide.

Lower West Side Story recounts an intellectual adventure personal quest investigation of a cold case murder that amid persistent factors of enigma and stonewall ultimately veers off in a new direction—or directions—to discover more cogent answers to more pertinent questions about this more than half a century old unsolved crime.

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Brutal Beasts 
by Craig Buchner

There are places you always call home, their smells rotting or warm or sweet, their bruises just deep enough to forgive until you touch them. There are places you leave that will forever contain you or cling to you or cry out for you. Where the difference between love and disgust is no more distinguishable than the point at which you stop trying to forget.

Craig Buchner’s Brutal Beasts is a trip to these homes. It opens the door and finds us at the edge of a falls weighing the jump, of a bedroom where a father’s crumpled body lie failing, of the ability—and the desire—to love through what seems so repulsive.

North Carolina fiction writer and poet Buchner’s dazzling assortment of 18 tales offers a diverse cast struggling with some outlandish situations, both earthly and otherworldly… One of the assortment’s greatest assets is its sublime unpredictability… The book crosses boundaries and traverses genres with seamless ease… Buchner’s literary talents are on brilliant display... There is indeed mild, sunlit horror embedded in Buchner’s stories, but he also demonstrates a deep understanding of human nature and how it operates in times of desperation and when faced with the paranormal.    
   
   Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

 

Revolutionary Girl 
Written by Charles Courtsal
Illustrated by  Kitty Forbush

Revolutionary Girl is the true story of a teenager that served as a spy for General George Washington at the start of the American Revolution. Closely based on her family’s diary, this is the first time the story of Elizabeth Wilson has ever been told. She was a dynamic, brave and smart young woman sought out by General Washington . The charming illustrations by Kitty Forbush spark the imagination in this book for 5th grade readers and up. The book includes a family tree, questions for further exploration, and links to the actual diary. These are meant to encourage the reader to explore the stories of their own families.

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The Lost Cove
by Marshall Seddon

From the Acclaimed author of The Sleeper Street Gang and The Shadow of Forever: A Norse Saga Comes an Exciting new Thriller The Lost Cove

When a body washes up on the beach of a small town, a chain of events is touched off that draws a young reporter named Drew Andrews into a tangled web of intrigue, environmental malfeasance, local politics, and murder. As the events cascade towards a climax, patrons of a small tavern hidden deep in the mangroves find themselves caught up in conjecture and conspiracy theories that eventually affect them directly. It’s a refurbished fishing camp called The Lost Cove.

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The Job Post
by K.M. Welch

Out of all the decisions she had made and paths she had taken, this by far was the strangest. Bulletin board job post gone wrong to say the least. What was supposed to be an easy, kick back kind of position to sustain her until spring, turned into far more than she bargained for. Not to mention the rotting meat. That might just be what kills her in the end.

This light-hearted read has a dash of mystery and a splash of romance making for a rolling adventure that will have you reading just one more chapter to see what happens next.

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THE LAST VOYAGE OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN & Other Wayward Tales
by Lawrence Millman

Lawrence Millman’s chapbook The Last Voyage of Baron Munchausen and Other Wayward Tales features such luminaries as Jesus Christ, The Man in the Moon, the well-known butler Jeeves, Neal Armstrong, the Lion (from The Wizard of Oz), Alice in Wonderland, Jonathan Swift, George Washington, and Charles Darwin, along with the inimitable Baron Munchausen.

Education News, Research, and Cultural Insights

Al Bruno is a teacher and writer and has been reporting on education news and research, while writing insights about culture and personalities since his college reporting days at Canisius College (in Buffalo, NY) in the late 1970s. His passion and insights in sports is fueled by his experiences as a teacher, coach, and a short-and-medium form writer.

Education News, Research, and Cultural Insights is Bruno’s third book that he has written and produced in the past year. In 2020, he published both Buffalo’s Sports Headliners and Insights and 11 Italian Greats in Sports and Italian Insights, now available online at Amazon Books.

Education News, Research, and Cultural Insights is a compilation of 43 education and cultural insight articles; most of these pieces have been published locally and a few have been recognized nationally. The book has been segmented into three parts: Part 1 – Education News and Research, Part 2 – Diverse Cultural Insights and Part 3 – Italian Insights.

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We All Just Bought A Team: The Biggest What-Ifs in Buffalo Sports History

by Jeff Dahlberg

In We All Just Bought a Team: The Biggest What-Ifs in Buffalo Sports History, readers can learn what could have happened if Terry and Kim Pegula didn’t buy the Buffalo Bills in 2014. Would the team be the Toronto, Los Angeles or Las Vegas Bills? How would the sports landscape change if Scott Norwood made that 47-yard field goal in Super Bowl XXV or Jim Kelly had refused to sign with Buffalo when the USFL folded? What if the NHL had disallowed Brett Hull’s goal in Game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals or the Vancouver Canucks had drafted Gilbert Perrault? What if the Buffalo Sabres had chosen Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel became an Arizona Coyote? Buffalo sports fans can explore those questions and more in these pages.

Each chapter opens with a recap of the actual history, then pivots to the what-ifs. Prominent sportswriters, authors, historians and sports pundits then weigh in with their view of each question. It’s like being at a bar or a party where everybody is talking about sports and everybody has an opinion. Not everyone agrees but everyone has something to say. We All Just Bought a Team: The Biggest What-Ifs in Buffalo Sports History is sure to be a hit among Buffalo sports fans everywhere.

A Lot Like Fun - Only Different

by Jack Livingston

Author Jack Livingston describes the book; “Clearing out the high school with a smoke bomb prank in our senior year, raising a family of pigs in a village yard, saving a drowning man in Singapore, and overcoming the trauma of a childhood abduction are part of my friend, Chris Kelley’s past. I knew little about them. To me, Chris was the guy who was always up for doing two fun things in one day (sometimes three).


When Chris was diagnosed with Pick’s disease (a rare type of dementia) in his mid-fifties, it signaled the end to what we had taken for granted. It changed our friendship. No longer would I follow him on epic adventures he planned. These days, I take him for hikes, hold both sides of our conversations, and help him across a two-foot stream. But because I didn’t want to forget the times we’d had together, I started to write, and as a result found out there was more to my friend.


In A Lot Like Fun –– Only Different I share incredible stories of our improbable friendship where Chris met life head on while I asked, “Are you sure we want to do this?” It contains dozens of stories and photos from our past that contrast ‘current day’ Chris, diminished by Pick’s, with the Chris I knew so well. No longer are we barreling down the 219 to ski or mountain bike the Bent Rim Trail, and celebrating with a ‘couple tree’ beers. We aren’t breaking trails with our snowshoes in the Adirondack High Peaks or cruising through Appalachia on the way to a 24-hour mountain bike race.
We still get together every week. And I look forward to those times. It’s fun –– only different. Chris greets me with a smile and a hearty laugh. He doesn’t speak, but I know if he could, he’d tell me, ‘Thanks for coming out, Jack. Today was great.’ And then it breaks my heart when he stands next to my car, wanting to ride home with me and I have to tell him, ‘Chris, you're riding with your brother. I’ll see you next week, okay buddy.’ And I hear his words of the past. ‘Good deal.’”

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