Facing Challenges – December 8, 2021

Meet  Crystal Cherie, author of “House of Pluto: Divine Houses Book 1”, Brenda Cortez, author of The “Howl The Owl Series”, and AnnMarie Knorr Fischer, author of “Raven Naelo and the Fall of the Guardians.”

Crystal Cherie, author of “House of Pluto:  Divine Houses Book 1” – Robin Marie Luxley is bad luck. But she doesn’t want to be. She just wants to go through her teenage years like a normal girl: go to school, listen to music, and maybe find true love. Instead, she spends her time watching everyone around her die—as if death seems interested in her in particular. And she’s gotten used to the dark. Bad things happen. But when her aunt dies, things change. A stranger wearing black appears in the hospital room to warn her: she’s not at all who she thought she was. And maybe she really isn’t bad luck. Maybe someone is targeting her family instead. Secrets unravel, and Robin must unlearn everything she thought she knew about being human in order to track down whoever has been killing her family, or she’s next.


Brenda Cortez, author of “Howl Competes at the Transplant Games” – Howl loves going to the Transplant Games and looks forward to this amazing event which takes place every other year. The Transplant Games of America is an Olympic-style event for transplant recipients, living donors, and donor families, to meet and compete in fun games. Howl is a transplant recipient, and he enjoys competing in swimming and other fun games. He also loves hanging out with his friends Blaze, Spark, and Bella. Howl can always count on them to cheer him on to the finish line! Exchanging team pins is another fun activity they enjoy. The challenge of trying to collect all the pins, from all the different teams, is as much fun as the opening ceremony and cheering on their favorite teams!


Rachel and AnnMarie Fischer, authors of “Raven Naelo and the Fall of the Guardians”Raven Naelo’s black dragon abilities aren’t the only things she can’t control in life. She learns this the hard way as her journey continues with Gideon in hiding from the High Council. Pressure builds as she and the Mortal Guardians take the reins of the protectors of the realm. But when the necromancer takes her sister’s corpse and a fellow guardian, the rescue attempt doesn’t go according to plan.  To defy your king is treason, but to defy your father is heart-wrenching. Raven acts against King Naelo’s wishes and sets sail to the Abyss Realm with a new crew; pirates, bounty hunters, and … Draakgoons? Will the princess remember the king’s warning about balors? Or will history repeat itself and, like her father, will she lose her head!?


Happy Thanksgiving! – November 24, 2021

Meet Debbie De Louise, author of “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” and “Meows and Purrs,” R.K. Mullins, author of “A Sniper’s Kiss: hate Takes a Bullet,” and Lâle Davidson, author of “Strange Appetites” and “Blue Woman Burning.”


Debbie De Louise, author of “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” and “Meows and Purrs” – t’s March 2020 in the small town of Cobble Cove, New York, and the Cobble Cove library has closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the day of the closing, Alicia brings Sneaky, the library cat, home with her. He joins Fido, the dog, who has been staying at the McKinney’s while Mac and Betty are on vacation. Sneaky informs Fido that he thinks someone may have been locked in the library when it closed and that Fido should find a way to get Alicia to reopen the library to check. Alicia learns that one of her childrens’ kindergarten friends, Daryl Dixon, is missing. When Fido insists on a walk and leads Alicia toward the library, they discover the body of Daryl’s teacher in a shallow grave. They also find Daryl who had hidden in the library after witnessing the “Big” man who hurt Mrs. Phillips. Although Daryl can’t identify the man, Sheriff Ramsay has him meet Mr. Phillips. Fido helps Alicia search out the killer as Mr. Phillips accuses his wife of having affairs with several of her students’ fathers. Did one of the accused men kill the young teacher, or was Mr. Phillips using them as scapegoats for his crime? Fido and Sneaky, along with Ruby and KittyKai once again save the day when Alicia and Gilly learn the truth and come close to death.


R.K. Mullins, author of “A Sniper’s Kiss: Hate Takes a Bullet” – Reporter Kendra Tanaka is chasing down high-ranking officials of the most powerful hate groups in the country to interview them. She is being trailed by two people, George Sutton FBI agent, and a mysterious unknown killer. George Sutton is certain that Ms. Tanaka has something to do with the killer or at least knows who it is. This is no everyday murder, not all, this killer is a long-distance sniper and they are targeting the people Kendra is trying to interview. Follow along through this twist-filled, unpredictable ending book written by a master storyteller. Will George pin Kendra for the murders or will he find the killer and put an end to their terrine. What you may come to believe and what is real may surprise you. There is something about this novel for everyone.



Lâle Davidson, author of “Strange Appetites” and “Blue Woman Burning” – Winner of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s People’s Choice Award 2016

During heart surgery on a woman, the doctor discovers her sister tucked inside. She doesn’t want to come out. A woman traverses boundaries, even walls. By turns surreal, mournful, and droll, this collection of short stories investigates our conflicting urge for intimacy and transcendence.




Matters of the Heart – November 10, 2021

Please join us with authors Michael Kelley, Lynne Bernfield, and Dee Martin.

Michael Kelley, author of “The Lost Theory” – Embark on a thrilling international quest to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Sean McQueen is a staid, middle-aged NYU literature professor leading an uneventful life until he receives a cryptic letter from his intellectually and poetically gifted best friend, Dylan Byrne. Following years of extensive research, Dylan claims that he has discovered “the theory of everything”: a revelation that promises to alter man’s view of existence by reconciling science with spirituality. The two men arrange a meeting to discuss the paradigm-shifting theory, but after Dylan never shows, Sean discovers his friend has died under mysterious circumstances and the theory has gone missing. Sean teams up with Dylan’s scientific collaborator, quantum cosmologist Emily Edens, to find the lost theory. Together they embark on the adventure of a lifetime—traveling from the busy streets of New York City to the mystical corners of Kathmandu where Dylan realized his groundbreaking theory. On their quest, they encounter extraordinary allies and fearsome adversaries, including a covert government operative code-named “Guru,” who is hell-bent on finding the theory first and preventing Sean and Emily from sharing it with the world. The Lost Theory is an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery, full of magical realism, mystery, and romance, all wrapped up in a story overflowing with wit, intrigue, and a sense of ultimate redemption.


Lynne Bernfield, author of “When You Can You Will: Why You Can’t Always Do What You Want to do… and What to Do About It” – In today’s society of instant gratification, success is supposed to be achieved by people who can immediately turn their lives around . . . without a second thought. Therapist Lynne Bernfield advocates a slower approach to change and assures that change can be the most rewarding part of life when it comes at the right time.


Dee Martin, author of “Listening With The Heart: Awaken The Secret To Authentic Parenting” – Our Children are born bearing gifts. They have the clues and hold the key for us to discover who they are. The secret lies in how deeply we can listen for what they are here to teach us. If we can connect and decipher the key to each child’s unique being, then our job in guiding their journey on earth will be joyous and mutually rewarding. Our interactions with our children as we listen will spotlight and guide us to know how to assist them to express themselves and contribute to life. If you are interested in discovering, uncovering, and empowering your child’s given potential, then you will want to read this book. You may uncover your own wisdom on parenting from going down memory lane and connecting to what worked and didn’t work when you were a child. You may discover the miracles that parent or caregiver and child can co-create in the safe space of each encounter through love.




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.