Only The Impassioned
Near the end of World War II, an American soldier in Germany is mortally wounded. In his final moment, he experiences the glory of a beautiful life, if only in his dreams.
This is not a war story, despite its setting, but the story of a young person whose life is so miserable that he rejects misery in death. He enters an imagined living filled with adventures wherein family love and creative effort replace warfare. Ostensibly realistic, these metaphysical escapades are alternately hilarious and horrific, yet always lead away from anguish. His selflessness in this visionary realm leads him to understand that in the universe of humans, no light penetrates life more perfectly than peace, an achievement he could not find before dying.
Intended audience: intelligent readers who would appreciate more insight and originality than provided by mainstream fiction.
Excerpt from review by Grady Harp, Amazon Hall Of Fame Reviewer: “Profoundly touching…painfully hilarious! A great novel…! To be read again—perhaps several more times.”
The Proprium | R.Q.T – Sampler Copy
Has American newspaper journalism been pitched into a tail-spin?
Weeks from bidding adieu to his long-lasting career of over thirty plus years, Rex Simpson, an award winning journalist is given one more final assignment by his friend, and publisher of the city’s most popular newspaper, in New York; nonetheless, executing the task proves to be far more complicated than any other he’s ever pursued.
Often! In the cutthroat world of print media. Will the award winning journalist be on his way out, yet, compromising his true principals of his long-lasting profession, essentially to make one-final splash?
Dwight J. Sernoskie
GRIEFWRITING is set on an urban college campus, where its characters come together in a therapeutic writing course that promotes their healing and offers opportunities for renewal and even love. Its protagonist, a recently retired professor of English who has been a caregiver for her spouse for twelve years, is teaching this course in an effort to promote her own healing. She soon discovers, however, that it yields other benefits, including a romance with her one-time arch enemy that is loosely based on the relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. The novel follows the stories of the other members of this class as well as they struggle to find solace and rebuild their lives after devastating loss.
Kaiya wants her life back. Following an unfortunate turn of events the world she had become accustomed to turned upside and down and left her scrambling to maintain her sanity. Depression, broken relationships and her unwillingness to deal with her pain forces her and her children into a mundane life of isolation. When her son starts acting out, she’s forced to face the toughest times of her life head on.
Samantha’s getting a second chance at parenting. When her son finds himself incarcerated and his daughter’s mother loses custody, she’s forced to step up. When steps to reunification are thwarted by his Baby Momma’s wreckless behavior, Samantha is forced to consider long term arrangements for her granddaughter.
Niesha is angry at the world and has been for a long time. She’s tired of everyone telling her what to do with herself and her children. The dangerous combination of laziness and pride leaves her in a predicament that threatens her children’s upbringing.
Will coming to terms with the harsh realities of each of their lives change things for the better?
Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual, and carnal delights are nothing new for the wanderer paving a way in the world. Giving in to every indulgence and piece of bare flesh is what the city demands. But when a lovely face stands out from the crowd, Will is forced to choose between aimless wandering and the growing desire for something real.
Restless Honor (Abandoned Honor Trilogy) (Volume 3)
Mitch Wilder vows to steal his wife back, knowing that his quest is futile. Claire knows about his other women; the reason they are separated. He must control his rage against his stepbrother, Tom Fleming, for taking Claire away from him. After all, they have to work together, running their shipping company. But when Tom is kidnapped and tortured, Mitch realizes that he loves his brother.
After Claire Lester-Wilder catches her husband with another woman, she chases after Tom Fleming to get back at him. She thinks that Tom will be easy to manipulate. But she soon finds that she has chosen the wrong man, again. After Tom pushes her away once too often, she runs into the arms of another man.
Sheriff and Priest: Wimer the Chaplain
Wimer could have become a monk. Instead, his decision to become a Chaplain – to make his way in the wider world of men – has put his soul in mortal danger.
In 12th Century East Anglia, poor Saxon boys stay poor. It takes an exceptional one to win Henry II’s friendship and to rise to the job of High Sheriff of all Norfolk and Suffolk. Falling foul of the stormy relationship between Henry and his Archbishop, he is excommunicated three times, twice by Thomas a’Becket, and once by the Pope.
He also falls in love with the King’s Ward, Ida. Before he plucks up the courage to do anything about it, the King takes her as his mistress, and Ida needs Wimer’s support to survive that dangerous liaison.
Although he is eventually reinstated in the Church, his problems with his religious superiors and his love for Ida will guarantee him a place in Hell, unless he can find land and resources to do something spectacular in the way of penance. With Ida’s help, he resigns his high office and founds a Priory. Perhaps, as a monk, he can redeem his soul.
When Harold Ostrich, a successful businessman, buys a mummy at an antique shop and it comes to life, his world is turned into a nightmare. For the first time he must deal with the terror of a supernatural event, which in its persistence threatens to undermine everything he has worked for and any chance of happiness in his life.
By turns anxious, bizarre, and wryly funny, THE MUMMY explores what happens when a life based on unquestioned notions of reality is overturned by coming face to face with the frighteningly inexplicable, and what struggles and spiritual transformations take place along the way
The Road from Money takes you on a journey to the small town of Money, Mississippi; just after the turn of the 20th century. It is the story of Estella Reynolds, a young Negro girl, growing up in America’s deep South. You follow her life as she faces racism, segregation, exploitation, brutality and poverty. You watch as she finds the joy of family life, battles to get a good education, finds her first love and above all tries to figure out why things are the way they are. You enter a time after World War I and before the start of World War II. A time when automobiles were new and planes had just taken to the sky. The story is set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the Great Dust Bowl, a flood, Prohibition; and a time when Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt were President. The story also highlights the strengths of a people and many of America’s weaknesses.
Sylvester Boyd Jr.
City Times and Other Poems
Vihang A. Naik throws light on the life of a city in all its shades, glory and misery in his City Times and Other Poems. It is an anthology of his intuitive and philosophical poems.
Vihang A. Naik