Butterfly Waltz by Jane Tesh Desmond Fairweather, a young musician whose creative efforts are hampered by fears he may possess destructive magical powers, is swept up in a world of mystery and intrigue as he helps his tabloid writer friend Jake Brenner, who is on the hunt for a big supernatural story. Skeptical of the validity of the stories Jake hunts, Des reluctantly accompanies his friend on his latest adventure with the promise that Jake can help him secure an audition with the city symphony, a break Des desperately needs. This latest story brings the two out to the country to investigate some talking flowers at the Snowden estate. While investigating the flowers of Christine Snowden, a startlingly beautiful young woman appears to Des who claims to be magical. She is Kalida, a mysterious creature who has escaped from the people of the Caverns and renounced their evil ways. However, her people have found her and are pressuring her to return to their world.
American St. Nick by Peter Lion American St. Nick recounts when, during the darkest days of World War II, a handful of American soldiers help bring the Christmas spirit back to the children of war-weary Wiltz, Luxembourg. With their simple act of kindness and selfless generosity, they unknowingly created a holiday tradition that continues in to this very day. This is an amazing true story of heroism, honor and hope you ll never forget.
A Pink Suitcase: 22 Tales of Women's Travel edited by Janna Graber The recipe is simple -- take 22 adventurous women, drop them into fascinating destinations around the globe and add exceptional storytelling. The result is a compelling new women's travel anthology called A Pink Suitcase: 22 Tales of Women's Travel. A Pink Suitcase brings together a talented group of daring women as they journey across the globe on adventures that are as unforgettable as they are moving. These intrepid explorers take on the world with wide eyes, an open heart and a woman's point of view. They tackle Mother Nature, dive into other cultures and try new things. And in the process, they learn not only about new people and places, but uncover their own hidden strengths.
The Puffin of Death: A Gunn Zoo Mystery by Betty Webb California zookeeper Theodora Bentley travels to Iceland to pick up an orphaned polar bear cub destined for the Gunn Zoo’s newly installed Northern Climes exhibit. The trip is intended to be a combination of work and play. But on day two, while horseback riding near a picturesque seaside village, Teddy discovers a man lying atop a puffin burrow, shot through the head. The victim is identified as American bird-watcher Simon Parr, winner of the largest Powerball payout in history. Is Teddy a witness―or a suspect? Others include not only Parr’s wife, a famed suspense novelist, but fellow members of the birding club Parr had generously treated to their lavish Icelandic expedition. Hardly your average birders, several of them have had serious brushes with the law back in the States. Guessing that an American would best understand other Americans, police detective Thorvaald Haraldsson grudgingly concedes her innocence and allows Teddy to tag along with the group to volcanoes, glaciers, and deep continental rifts in quest of rare bird species. But once another member of the club is murdered and a rockfall barely misses Teddy’s head, Haraldsson forbids her to continue. She ignores him and, in a stunning, solitary face-off with the killer in Iceland’s wild interior, concludes an investigation at once exotic, thrilling, and rich in animal lore.
A Caterpillar, a Bee and a VERY Big Tree by Dicksy Wilson & D.B. Sanders A story about positive thinking, helping others and never giving up. Authors Dicksy Wilson and D.B. Sanders tell the inspirational story of one very small caterpillar overcoming huge obstacles to save the day and make some memorable friends along the way.
Good Dogs, Great Listeners: The Story of Charlotte, Lily and the Litter by Renata Bowers Charlotte has the pesky habit of abandoning a book in favor of a distraction. Paired with her dogs and her bold imagination, that distraction has a way of turning into a grand adventure. But when Lily gets hurts on one of their adventures, Charlotte relies on her imagination and heart to find a way to love Lily back to health ... and discovers a love for reading along the way.