Category Archives: Author Spotlight

By the Waters of Babylon

We are excited to congratulate Christopher Farrar on the release of his new book, By the Waters of Babylon, which is now available for purchase at retailers worldwide!

When twelve-year-old Ya’el is taken prisoner by the -Babylonians, her ability to write saves her life. A girl scribe, unique in the -Empire, she’s destined for slavery in the palace of king -Nebuchadnezzar. Days later, her ruined city of Jerusalem is far behind. She struggles to survive on the long brutal trek, while strange dreams disturb her sleep. Her impulsiveness and -passion for learning earn her hostility from fellow prisoners and murderous hatred from Babylonian guards. Desperate to avoid her looming fate, she’s forced to confront her own complicity in the vitriol directed at her. And the dreams are getting stranger.

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Mirrors

Mirrors by Phillip A. Weaver is now available for purchase at retailers worldwide! 

WALTON MIRRORS INC. produces some of the finest mirrors in the country, but their reflections hold a dark secret. The mirrors are gateways between this world and that of the cursed. When blood is spilled and God is mentioned, a twisted reflection emerges to claim the soul of the viewer.

What would it take before you began to believe the unbelievable? When the doors of perception have been flung open and everything you know is distorted, how far would you go to bring yourself back to a safe reality?

Your reflection is no longer you, but an unstoppable evil—a collector of souls.

The veil is thin. Be careful.

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Lest Darkness Prevail (The Chikondra Trilogy Book 3)

Lest Darkness Previal: Dare to Live the Light by Sandra Valencia is now available for purchase

In the gripping finale of the award-winning Chikondra Trilogy, time dramatically alters the focus of Chikondra’s Minister Sirinoya and his Terran lifemate, Sandra. Challenges force the couple to blend the responsibilities of unification and family with their unique combination of skill and experience in statesmanship.

Meanwhile, history careens along a perilous path. Dedicated diplomats confront growing risks as they doggedly pursue peaceful initiatives. Warily monitoring events that threaten the worlds they serve, leaders conclude that the strategies of a shadowy enemy are working to undermine the stability of the Dil-Terra Interplanetary Alliance. Confident that the elusive Zeteron Empire is on the verge of shifting to an open challenge, many Alliance leaders see disaster looming in the near future. Under the shadow of this threat, questions arise over the union’s will to resist an apparent march toward galactic war.

Dark times create doubt in the minds of even the most faithful of Chikondra’s spiritual guides. When an old fairy tale is recalled, they realize that bits and pieces of the unsettling present appear oddly similar to the ancient legend. Does coincidence play games with the enchanted story? Or does this fable ring bells of warning?

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A Business Notion Put in Motion

A Business Notion Put in Motion: The Wit and Wisdom of Jim Whitacre is available for purchase at retailers worldwide! 

In the early 1970s, Jim Whitacre was an established senior CPA and he turned his attention toward helping young accountants entering the business world for the first time. The young recruits were sharp with accounting skills but totally green in the ways of business. Jim had an idea to write a poem about starting a business and the various challenges a young entrepreneur might encounter. That idea was the origin of this book.

“This book is brilliant and highly entertaining! I can see businesses giving this to their employees, and high school and college teachers having their students read and study this book as a great introduction to the business world. I also highly recommend this book to ordinary folks (like myself) who want to easily learn about how businesses are grown and be entertained at the same time.” -Amazon Reviewer

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Dear Disappeared Dad by Bette Millat

Dear Disappeared Dad by Bette Millat is available at bookstores worldwide!

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Fourteen-year-old Amber Wilcox’s life is derailed when she finds out her mom has lied about what happened to her dad. Amber’s already hard-to-control temper goes into overdrive when she realizes her dad isn’t dead, as she has been told, but that he disappeared when she was four.

Amber is determined to track down her dad and demand answers. Her best friend, Chloe Maddox, agrees to help since she knows her way around a computer, the same way Amber, an artist, knows her way around a portrait. Together they combine their skills and develop a website to hunt for information about Amber’s missing dad.

Meanwhile, Amber faces mounting pressure at school as two former friends begin to bully her. When her temper snaps, she fights back and risks expulsion. As if a missing dad and two school bullies aren’t enough for one fourteen-year-old to manage, Amber’s family life begins to shift with each new discovery about her parents’ past. Her relationship with her mom is threatened—a rift between them caused by years of her mom’s lies.

Will the demands of trying to track down a missing dad send Amber and Chloe into dangerous territory (and back to the principal’s office) and push Amber away from her mom, or will the two friends stay out of trouble, solve the mystery, and heal the hole in Amber’s heart where her dad should be?

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Jews who Helped Settle the Wild West

Jews who Helped Settle the Wild West by Edwin Radin is available at retailers worldwide!

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Jews who Helped Settle the Wild West is a historical overview of the brave men and women who helped found America. Using profiles of important people and places in this exciting period in our nation’s history, author Edwin Radin sheds light on the important role that Judaism played in the taming of the United States.

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In the Shadows: A Story About Standing Strong Together

We are happy to announce that In the Shadows: A Story About Standing Together by Carol Patricia Richardson is now available for purchase at retailers worldwide!

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Blue Baxter turns twelve in 1954 just as the school year ends, and she settles in for a long, lazy summer vacation.

But when backyard garden vegetables begin to mysteriously disappear in the night, Blue’s investigation leads to the discovery of three “illegal” migrant worker kids hiding in a tool shed. They’re on the run from border patrol agents and fearful of taking help from strangers who might turn them in.

Determined to do what’s right, Blue enlists the help of her GramZees, the one person Blue trusts to speak her mind, even when it means facing down hate and prejudice.

But doing the right thing means hard choices are ahead for Blue and her family. Going against the law, their neighbors, and white supremacists puts everyone in jeopardy as they race against time to find the migrant children’s grandmother in hopes of giving them a haven from deportation.

As tensions rise in town, border patrol agents and white supremacist vigilantes close in. Blue finds herself coming of age in the midst of a historic moment, caught between what is right and what is safe.

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Something’s Brewing by Jillian Ober and Tom Fish

Congratulations to authors Jillian Ober and Tom Fish for the release of their new book, Something’s Brewing: Short Stories and Plays for Everyone.

This book is full of delightful stories about navigating the ups and downs of adulthood while living with a disability. The characters’ perspectives are fresh and honest as they overcome heartbreak, face disappointments, renew friendships and celebrate triumphs. An informative read for anyone who is curious about what it is like to live with a disability, or just wants a feel good tale about the power of friendship and belonging.

Tom and Jillian have done it again – engaging their audience in stories that speak to the lived experience of individuals with developmental disabilities. Being able to see and hear oneself in the characters of a story or play is empowering

The characters in Something’s Brewing are sure to be a hit with readers around the world.

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Intentional Manhood: A Coach’s Perspective by Mike Stanley

Mike Stanley’s new book, Intentional Manhood: A Coach’s Perspective is now available for purchase!

Although we hear repeatedly that we should live as Godly men, rarely are we taught what actionable steps we can take to honor Jesus, or frankly, what “manhood” even means. So we drift through life and never reach our full potential.

Intentional Manhood is told with the authority and no-excuses attitude that come from Coach Mike Stanley’s 50 years as a coach, combined with the compassion and relatability of his perspective as a man acutely aware of his own flaws. Within these pages Coach Stanley will:

• Encourage you to find your Goal, Guide, and Game Plan for life.
• Inspire you to fulfill your Unique Calling to provide for and protect your family.
• Help you See Clearly the Sacred Mission you have been entrusted with by Almighty God Himself.
• Reinforce the truth that no one can live as an Intentional Man without the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Co-Author Spotlight — Dumpster Doll: The Early Years

Dumpster Doll: The Early Years is a co-authored memoir by Michelle Mays and Michelle Moone that details the life of Mays, who was born into an abusive family in the Midwest. As Mays and her siblings cling to survival, the balance of family ties is weighed against alcoholism, drug abuse, abandonment, and despair. Hope dawns in the form of foster care, only to be deferred by multiple placements and a system not equipped to support the children it’s meant to protect.

Michelle Mays’ inspiration to write Dumpster Doll: The Early Years originated in high school when her AP Literature teacher, Mr. Seward, told her to stay after class one day and asked if the essay assignment she had turned in was her life’s story. She said yes, and Mr. Steward told her, “You have to write a book and tell your stories. These can help people.”

She heard similar encouragement from Dr. Kline, her college psychology professor. Dr. Kline even offered to help Michelle write her story, and they often met over lunch and dinner to workshop one chapter at a time. During one of the workshop sessions, Dr. Kline brought up the term ‘dumpster doll’ during the chapter “Nelly.”

“I drove home that night and could not get that term out of my head,” Michelle said. “That night forward, ‘Dumpster Doll’ has been the title. My life has been forever molded by wonderful mentors such as [Mr. Seward and Dr. Kline].”

The modern iteration of the book didn’t begin until Michelle Moone went through a difficult layoff. By then, the Michelles were already best friends and would often call each other just to talk.

Michelle Mays was driving back from an upsetting visit with her family, and she decided to call “her bestie” Michelle Moone to lighten the mood. “[Moone] has wonderful advice and is very wise,” said Mays.

During the call, Moone said “you know Michelle since I have known you, I have wanted to write your story. Can I take a stab at it?”

Mays liked the idea and said yes, thinking it was a great way to distract her friend from the recent layoff and an excuse for them to hang out.

“I honestly thought we would have a few girls’ nights and some bottles of wine and [the plan to write the book] would fizzle. But she is such a beautiful writer and made the act of rehashing these horrible facts a lot less painful than I anticipated. I never would have done this by myself. Sometimes we would be so engrossed in a story that it would be 5:30 am before we looked at a clock.”

Mays has always been open about telling small, isolated pieces of her story to help others feel better, but it was difficult for her to tell her full, uncensored experiences.

“It was honestly like letting go of a weight I have been holding for over 40 years. We would sit, and I would reveal one story at a time, and then Moone would type. She would then read what she wrote to me, and I would close my eyes while she was reading. I always said, ‘if I can’t picture it, then it’s not detailed enough.’ We re-wrote so many stories together—over and over—to add more emotion and substance because I wanted the reader to feel like they were there.’”

Moone said that if Mays cried at what was written, then they knew they had gotten it right.

They took several breaks from writing Dumpster Doll, such as when Mays starred in a musical, performed DJ gigs, and went through a death in the family. They kept going though, and largely in part due to both of them working together.

One of the biggest barriers Mays faced when trying to tell her story in the past was the judgment or pity written on other people’s faces.

Michelle Mays

“I hate the pity look. If someone gives me that look, I think to myself, ‘why do you think I need pity? I am stronger than you will ever be able to comprehend.’”

Mays recommends writing your own story with a trusted friend, especially if you’re struggling to get it down on the page.

“I wrote the preface all by myself and dehydrated my body crying so much,” said Mays. “Michelle Moone is my best friend and has a degree in psychology, so I felt comfortable revealing things that I could not admit to anyone else.”

They finalized Dumpster Doll in the cabin where Mays would go as a child with the Lariscys, and she did it with her chosen family, her best friend.

Like Mr. Seward suggested many years ago, Mays wanted Dumpster Doll to be “a story for those who need hope when this world seems like too much to handle.” She hopes anyone who’s gone through similar atrocities finds strength from reading her stories, and she wants them to know that they’re not alone.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Mays wants bullies, parents with addictions, and sexual predators to also read her book. “I hope it heals their hearts and helps them see life in a different light,” she said. “Maybe if people see how bad it can get, they will think twice before making those mistakes at the expense of a child’s innocence.”

The positive feedback the Michelles have received for Dumpster Doll has been amazing, and word of the book has spread at a shocking speed.

“It is everything that I had hoped would happen,” said Mays. “My husband told me I am not allowed to read the reviews in public anymore because I keep crying, and he doesn’t want people to get the impression we are fighting.”

They’ve been contacted by multiple organizations since the book has gone on sale. Mays was in the early stages of creating a foundation to support foster children who age out of the system when a Vice President of a company in Columbus, Ohio approached her and offered to help her start the organization.

This new foundation will provide transitional support to aging foster children, whose numbers can range around 20,000. Many of them become addicted to drugs, homeless, or commit suicide.

“Having been there myself, I can relate [to their] mentality and [overwhelming] lack of self-esteem once the system drops them due to age,” Mays said.

An employee of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) also reached out to them after reading Dumpster Doll, saying how impactful the book was and that they (the CASA member) would take it to their superior to add to the national recommended reading list.

CASA is a giant organization that spans the entire country and helps out foster children, so the Michelles were ecstatic to hear that Dumpster Doll would be nominated for the reading list. Mays exclaimed, “That is exactly what I shared my story for!”

Another piece of exciting news for the Michelles was when Dumpster Doll attracted the attention of the NY Times Bestselling Author, Caroline Leavitt. Leavitt interviewed Jacob Marquez, the creator of a large book club named The Reading Corner, for her blog. When Leavitt asked, “What book is on your radar that people might not know?” Jacob answered Dumpster Doll, and Leavitt included a picture of the book on her site.  

The most recent bit of news came from Mays’ cousin Ben, who does sound and production work for gospel singers and has been nominated fifteen times for a Grammy. Ben offered to produce an audiobook version of Dumpster Doll in his studio with Mays as the narrator. The recording is scheduled to begin in March.

A sequel to Dumpster Doll is in the works, which will focus on the period of Mays’ life when she was aged out of the foster system and faced homelessness. So far, the Michelles have finished half of the second book, but haven’t decided on a title yet.

They hope their story is picked up for a TV series, which would “spread the word faster and farther.”

“I had a recurring dream (like watching a movie) of this part of my life every night until we were finished with my early years,” said Mays. Now the recurring dream is of my teenage years. I’m hoping once I finish the adult years, all the demons will be put to rest.”

Dumpster Doll is a phenomenal story that deserves to be heard and should be shared to help others who are going through similar circumstances. We’re proud to publish Dumpster Doll, and don’t be afraid to share your story.


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