Never Lose Hope – October 27, 2021

Please join us with authors Dorothy Oger, Danielle Orsino, and Katherine Abraham.

Dorothy Oger, author of “Flesh, Blood Love” – 67 poems arranged in three parts: Soham (about the “I”, us as separate individuals), Namaste (about the relationship of an “I” to a “you”), Ubuntu (about the wisdom of mankind and what is bigger than us).  There is a chronological table of contents as well to cater to all reading habits.  Foreword by Judith DeLozier, Author, Co-Developer and Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. The poems are perfect for sharing in a group as a way to introduce, close or deepen a reflective moment.


Danielle Orsino, author of “Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven” – Now available in Audiobook – Ride on the backs of fire-breathing dragons with the Dark Fae and watch the Light Fae play in the shadows of primitive humanity as they build their magical world. Abandoned by their creator, two factions of powerful angels remain on earth after the Great War with Lucifer. They struggle to comprehend their Creator’s plan while their angel wings, a symbol of their angelic lineage, slowly and painfully decay. With no hope of returning to the Shining Kingdom, two groups of angels denounce their angelic lineage and develop into separate factions – the Court of Light, led by Queen Aurora, a former Virtue Angel, and the Court of Dark, ruled by King Jarvok, a former Power Brigade Angel. The two monarchs have opposing views on how to govern their kin, but the one belief they agree on is that human worship equals power. Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven is an epic fantasy adventure of heartbreak, rebirth, and hope that examines the bonds of family, friendship, and love.  It is a fantastic tale of good vs evil in a beautiful world, where the Light Fae and their potent elemental magick are tested by the raw power of the dragon-riding Dark Fae warriors.


Katherine Abraham, author of “Every Sunset Has a Story” – What will you do if someone told you that your existence could ruin the life of the one you love? Would you stay or leave? Will the insecurities of your past overwhelm your need to love and be loved? Would you leave the hand of hope, keep your love bereft of the life he deserves, instead of chaining him in the shackles of time and uncertainty? Set in modern-day India and Pakistan comes a tale of two investigative journalists Ghazanfar and Joanna who are warped in a mysterious hunt for a 12th-century Jain icon that was hidden by the guardians of the temple. As Jo and Ghazi face multiple challenges, they must find out why the time has chosen them: an unusual combination of an Indian Christian and a Pakistani Muslim to find the beautiful Jain icon of which they have never heard of before. Join the duo on an exciting adventure that begins in coastal Alibag and engage in a visual walkthrough of the ancient ruins of the Jain temples at Mithi, Kasbo, and Malir right up to Umerkot, the birthplace of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, as you travel through the pages of pre-partition India and its undiscovered beauty. It is in this arduous journey of rediscovering lost history that both young people must delve into their own past and decide whether they will leave the bitterness of earlier misfortunes to create the life they have always longed for. Will their love wither long before it has even begun to blossom or will they take the leap of faith to move forward together despite every obstacle?



Love Changes Everything – October 13, 2021

Join us with authors Joan Foor, Rebecca Rosenberg, and Anna Svetchnikov.

Joan Foor, author of “My Heart’s Journey” – An attractive, charismatic young woman in love wonders if this is true love or infatuation. Paco, a handsome retired professional soccer player does not understand why two people in love have to marry to live together. Joan’s religious upbringing makes this impossible. Unable to handle the pressures of her job and Paco’s persistence, Joan convinces him she needs a vacation. Paco reluctantly agrees on a trip to Spain to meet his family as long as she stays with his mother.


Rebeca Rosenberg, author of “Champagne Widows” – Twenty-year-old Barbe-Nicole inherited Le Nez (an uncanny sense of smell) from her great-grandfather, a renowned champagne maker. She is determined to use Le Nez to make great champagne, but the Napoleon Code prohibits women from owning a business. When she learns her childhood sweetheart, François Clicquot, wants to start a winery, she marries him despite his mental illness. Soon, her husband’s tragic death forces her to become Veuve (Widow) Clicquot and grapple with a domineering partner, the complexities of making champagne, and six Napoleon wars, which cripple her ability to sell champagne. When she falls in love with her sales manager, Louis Bohne, who asks her to marry, she must choose between losing her winery to her husband, as dictated by Napoleon Code or losing Louis. In the ultimate showdown, Veuve Clicquot defies Napoleon himself, risking prison and even death.


Anna Svetchnikov, author of “I Deserve More”A story about the adventures of Claire and her cat Archie. One day, they found a magic wand that gave them a chance to change their lives. Claire and Archie went on an amazing journey of self-exploration and self-reflection. This book is based on the concept of Narrative therapy and includes therapeutic exercises for children and parents to practice at home. Therapy And Storytelling: Children are able to comprehend and learn better when therapeutic information is presented in a storytelling format. It allows children to learn the important concepts of taking responsibility and to become competent in controlling their anger, anxiety, insecurities, and other emotions. It teaches the importance and value of emotional regulation and intelligence with coping and adapting skills for children and parents.



From Tragedy to Triumph – October 6, 2021

Join us with authors Pete Radigan and Jim McGrath of “Tragedy to Triumph.”

“Tragedy to Triumph” by authors Janet Mauk and Peter Radigan as told to Jim McGrath is an up-close and personal look at the journeys of two individuals facing death as they present their individual perspectives as the donor family and the recipient. This story recounts the harrowing and heart-wrenching tragedy that struck Tom and his family.  At the worst moment any family should ever have to deal with, the parents said yes to organ, eye, and tissue donation so the lives of others could be saved and enhanced.  As Tom’s mom, it offered me hope in the midst of despair, a purpose in the midst of tragedy, and light in the midst of the darkest night of my life. By saying yes to donation, another mother and family did not have to wonder, wait or face the death of their son, brother, or friend. Pete Radigan, who was in end-stage heart failure at Columbia Hospital, unsure if he would live or die received Tom’s heart, the gift of life. This is their story…


Mysteries Among Us – September 29, 2021

Please join us with authors Marie Wishert, Beth Roose, and Rony Kessler.


Marie Wishert, author of “Ignite” – What good is a finish line if you never experience the route along the way? That’s the question plaguing Ruby Carlson, an impulsive young woman chronicling her premature existential crisis. A runner through and through, Ruby spent her formative years sprinting toward the proverbial finish line of financial independence and the promise of the free-spirited woman she longed to become. But when an unexpected pregnancy results in her transition to the role of mother and provider, Ruby has to stifle her non-traditional self to play the role of a stable, Midwestern family wife. The years melt away, and on the outside, it appears Ruby is settled and happy. Yet behind the façade is a woman still clinging to that promise of true freedom. When confronted by a dire longing for the passion and dreams she shed to fortify her family’s way of life, what will she do to survive?


Beth Roose, author of “White House Code: Forest Guardian Chronicles” – When the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, clearly desperate times call for desperate measures! This is where King Arthur’s wizard advisor Merlin and his friend Morgan enter the picture. Merlin needs all of his attributes as a Bigfoot, shapeshifter and immortal to enlist the aid of his friend Morgan to bring the Planetary Protection System online as the star Betelgeuse in the Orion system faces an imminent supernova. Using clues found in the White House china patterns, Morgan must decipher the proper activation sequence by following the prompts that lead him to the pyramids at Giza in Egypt and Teotihuacan in Mexico as well as the Siberian Valley of Death Cauldrons. This is a race against the clock that must be won to prevent the extinction of humanity – and the clock is ticking faster every second!


Rony Kessler, author of “The Mystery of the Bedouin Girl: And Rachel’s Gifts” – Rachel, the heroine introduced in “The Mysterious Animal Soup and Rachel’s Gifts”, returns in this story of suspense, friendship and discovery. Rachel’s Friend Samira, a Bedouin girl, is struggling in a strict and hard life. Rachel and her family become an important part of her life. Rony Kessler returns to his birth Country Israel for this chapter of Rachel’s story, which makes “The Mysterious of the Bedouin Girl and Rachel’s Gifts” a compelling story of two teenagers’ lives and their families.



Self Reflection – August 25, 2021

Please join us with authors Tanaya Kollipara, Ellis Goodman, and Debbie Roppolo.

Tanaya Kollipara, author of “Stigma: Breaking the Asian American Silence on Mental Health” – Suicide is the leading cause of death among Asian Americans ages fifteen to twenty-four. But most would never guess this due to mainstream representations, which portray Asian American and Pacific Islander groups as “model minorities” in health, wealth, and mannerisms. Stigma: Breaking the Asian American Silence on Mental Health is both a narrative account and an informative look into the world of AAPI mental health. Exposing harmful narratives, while uplifting their voices and experiences, Tanaya Kollipara sets out to bring to light how the Asian/Pacific Islander identity impacts the stigma experienced and barriers faced by those with mental illness. Weaving together stories with research and professional advice, Stigma dispels the myths and reveals the truths about mental health and mental illness within the AAPI community. Tanaya shows what happens when fear and cultural stigmas obstruct your ability to care for yourself— and, more importantly, what’s waiting on the other side, when you take that step towards mental wellness.

Ellis Goodman, author of “Bookends: Short Stories from a Long Life” – A collection of ten international stories covering a period of sixty years from the mid-twentieth century that explore human behavior in the face of remarkably unexpected circumstances. The subjects of each story find themselves faced with obstacles ranging from bearing witness to murder to the complications of greed and class superiority. Every day, normal events can quickly turn to loss, love, grief, or even relief, but it is our responses to such changes that allow us to embrace the humanity within us all.


Debbie Roppolo, author of “If a Chicken Could Shop” – If chickens could shop, would they buy a cute top? Perhaps they’d be content with a broom or a mop. Step into imagination and take a shopping trip with a chicken. Learn interesting facts as your imagination strolls through the pages of the book and wonder “What IF a chicken could shop?”




True Identity – August 11, 2021

Meet authors Raymond Klein, author of “Interstellar Police Force, Book One: The Historic Mission” and Mark Stallings, author of “The Elements: The Silver Coin Saga”


Raymond Klein, author of “The Interstellar Police Force, Book One: The Historic Mission” – When the frantic communication from the Prison Transfer vehicle 964 came into the Interstellar Police Force headquarters on the planet Ashlar, they knew that Prodor Moffit was making his break. By the time they got to the last known position of the transfer vehicle, Moffit and the other prisoners on board the commandeered 964 were long gone into that black vacuum of space. The search went on for months until they stumbled upon their destination. A little-known world called Earth. The mission to recapture the prisoners was by no means a simple one. The two IPF agents given this task must travel to the distant world and land unbeknownst to the humans. And being that they are alien in appearance, they have to replicate themselves to appear human, so they can blend in. The commander’s replication succeeds, but due to a computer glitch, his partner is replicated into a Doberman Pinscher. With help from a young Earth girl who unwittingly discovers their true identities, the mission to re-capture Prodor Moffit and the other prisoners is on.


Mark Stallings, author of “The Elements: The Silver Coin Saga” – Xan always assumed he would be apprenticed to an herbalist in the sleepy village of Mogu and follow the Path of Peace, just like his father before him. It is the way—has always been the way. But when his village is sacked by a raiding force of vicious monsters, corrupted by dark Qi, life as Xan knows it is over. Family dead. Villagers slain. His home burnt to ash. Now, all Xan wants to do is figure out why his people were targeted and get revenge on the merciless creatures sweeping across the continent like a plague of locusts. Spreading their vile corruption. His only hope at salvation and retribution lies in the Valley of the Moon, at the fabled Xing Yi School of Martial Magic. If he is to succeed, he will need to learn to cultivate the energy of the elements, hone his martial and crafting skills, and complete the school’s harsh tests and trials. It will take more than a passing grade at this school, though, and not all that fail survive the experience.






Raymond Klein, author of “The Interstellar Police Force”

Mark Stallings, author of “The Animals”


Raising Awareness – August 4, 2021

Meet Joel Salomon and Mollie Singh, authors of “Infinite Love and Money: Find Balance, Love, and Financial Freedom with this Practical Guide for Couples,” John Foster, author of “Rooster” and Ellen Gottlieb, author of “How to Raise a Parent.”

Joel Salomon and Mollie Singh, authors of “Infinite Love and Money: Find Balance, Love, and Financial Freedom with this Practical Guide for Couples” – Infinite Love and Money is a guide for couples to connect with love, and together create a path for financial freedom. Mollie and Joel bring their expertise of love and money respectively, to help lovers connect at a deeper level. Reading this book will help you understand each other’s financial backgrounds and money personality types. It will dive deep into the emotions surrounding money and finances as well as your dreams and desires. This coupled with some pragmatic ideas on how to handle your finances, celebrate your differences and recover from your conflicts makes this the perfect guide for any couple at any point in their financial journey.


John Foster, author of “Rooster” – John Gallo is a professional hitman with a history that’s spattered in blood and littered with bodies. Known in the criminal underworld as Rooster, Gallo is an assassin suffering from mental illness and constantly battling the black dog of depression that stalks him. When able to crawl out of his downward spiral and throw himself into the job, he’s a proficient, stealthy, and unforgiving killer. A relentless wheeler-dealer in the game of death. But now he finds there’s a price on his head. A vendetta that could have been placed by anyone in the gangland underground. And everyone wants to collect. From two-bit street punks to the highest echelons of organized crime. The Mafia. Yakuza. Russians. Chinese. Every crime syndicate that’s ever been on the bullet-end of his gun is now taking aim at him, intent on ending the reign of the Rooster. After making a fast break from New York with a young actress rescued from certain death at the hands of the Chinese mob, Rooster is on the run and headed to his native Boston and promised refuge with his on-again, off-again criminal associate Grace. He quickly learns Beantown’s dark underbelly is only interested in welcoming Rooster home so thugs and gangsters can line up to seize the prize that is his head.


Ellen Gottlieb, author of “How to Raise a Parent: Becoming a Conscious Parent in an Unconscious World” – Author and founder of Enlightened Parenting, Ellen Gottlieb, has written a practical, easy-to-read guide to conscious parenting. This book will help you heighten your awareness so that you can raise your children to be self-confident, successful, and joyful. Through clear principles, instructive vignettes, and useful tools, you will learn how to parent your children with greater ease, connection, and authenticity. By reading this book, you will learn to raise yourself first, become aware of your emotional landscape, and clear the path for your child to thrive.





Good Vs. Evil – July 21, 2021

Join us with authors Glen Dahlgren and C.T. Phipps.

Glen Dahlgren, author of “The Child of Chaos” – An irresistible longing drags young Galen to an ancient vault where, long ago, the gods of Order locked Chaos away. Chaos promises power to the one destined to liberate it, but Galen’s dreams warn of dark consequences. He isn’t the only one racing to the vault, however. Horace, the bully who lives to torment Galen, is determined to unleash Chaos–and he might know how to do it. Galen’s imagination always got him into trouble, but now it may be the only thing that can prevent Horace from unraveling the world.



C.T. Phipps, author of “The Tournament of Supervillainy” – Gary Karkofsky a.k.a Merciless the Supervillain without MercyTM is presently the most disliked supervillain in the world. Superheroes don’t want to just throw him in jail, they want to deliver an epic beat down for ending their golden age by killing Merciful the Superhero with MercyTM. His fellow supervillains aren’t much better, either jealous of his success or loathing him for all the other baddies he’s killed. Also, what’s up with his wife Mandy? She’s been acting extra-strange since getting her soul back (long story). That’s when Gary receives an invitation to the Primal Fighting Tournament—an interdimensional contest involving all the universe’s greatest warriors. The prize? A wish with no limitations. Gary can finally get on that world domination thing he’s been putting off. Unfortunately, Gary is competing against good and evil way above his league. Not only Gabrielle Anders a.k.a Ultragoddess, his former fiancé but Entropicus the Space God of Evil. Thankfully, Gary has allies from unexpected sources including Jane Doe, the protagonist of I was a Teenage Weredeer, G from Agent G, and Cassius Mass from Lucifer’s Star.



Life Is An Adventure – July 14, 2021

Join us with authors Diana Paul and Margreit Maitland.

Diana Paul, author of “Things Unsaid” – Inspired by a true story about mothers, daughters, and impossible choices—Jules Foster, a child psychologist, upon hearing news of her estranged, narcissistic mother’s terminal diagnosis, chooses to care for her mother over her own daughter, only to find out she has been betrayed all along. Things Unsaid asks us to consider what children owe their aging parents and siblings.

Bookclub Favorite Winner of New Adult Fiction—Beverly Hills Book Awards for 2016 Winner of the 2016 SILVER Medal for Best Fiction in Drama from Readers Favorites Finalist USA Best Books Awards 2016 in Literary Fiction and in New Fiction



Margreit Maitland, author of “The Runaway at Sea Series” – Thrilling twists and turns surround Robert and Michael as they continue their adventures around the world’s oceans. Aboard a whaling vessel with their family of shipmates, a perilous hunt causes the death of a beloved friend and it is the catalyst for the boys renewing their vow to get to America. On a remote exotic island, the boys hunt for wild boar and become immersed in the exotic life of the natives and missionaries. Robert falls for a beautiful young girl and his heart breaks when he has to leave. A raging storm puts the whaler in jeopardy and the boys barely escape. The fate of the ship is unknown but they are rescued and soon find out they are on their way to war. A battle ensues and Robert is gravely injured. Unexpected events make his long-sought-after destiny uncertain and he has no idea how or if he will ever be able to find America.



Matters of the Heart – July 7, 2021

Join us with authors Barbara Spinelli, Eileen Resta, and Ellis Goodman.

Barbara Spinelli, author of “The Letters: Memoir of Love, Loss and Restoration” – The Letters is much more than a compelling love story. It is an intimate view into a woman’s mind and heart and a soldier’s life through his correspondence during the Vietnam War. The author believes she has securely put aside her grief from the loss of a man she was to marry so long ago, only to have it re-emerge as a result of a chance meeting linking her to the past. Retrieving the letters takes her back to the beginning, uncovering the layers of love, pain, and insight resulting from rediscovering a love so potent that it has lasted a lifetime and beyond. It upholds the belief that life exists outside of our physical being, that deep love never dies and although there are circumstances we may not understand, there is a cosmic thread running through our lives.


Eileen Resta, author of “I’ll Wait For You: An Adoption Memoir” – A search … a phone call … a journey home. Join author Eileen Mary Coyne Resta—née Marie Monique Comtois—as she discovers the family she never knew, and the mother who never gave up hope.


Melissa Face, author of “I Love You More Than Coffee” – Are you trying to balance raising a family with maintaining your own identity? Have you ever been so exhausted that you showed up to a meeting carrying your baby’s diaper bag instead of your briefcase? In her debut collection, I Love You More Than Coffee, Melissa Face writes about the emotions we all experience as parents: anticipation, joy, fear, guilt, and worry. Whether you are a new or seasoned parent, you will find common ground in Melissa’s heartfelt, humorous, and authentic stories of her life with two young children. If you love coffee a lot and your kids (a little) more, this book is for you. Fill your mug with your favorite brew and settle in with I Love You More Than Coffee. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.