Checking in at the Crowbar Hotel by Gary Delanoeye
Checking in at the Crowbar Hotel lets you check in without being arrested!
The Crowbar Hotel a popular slang for juvenile jail, the slammer, is a cultural phenomenon characterized by the resourcefulness, language, and rituals of its members. Kids at the Crowbar create, invent, endure, and survive. Some do these better than others. Just like each of us.Join the journey and experience life through the eyes of a Crowbar kid.
“Eliza’s Wish” is the third book in the Dickey Denton series. It’s the story of Dickey Denton and the mystery he and his friends uncover at Rocky Neck Lighthouse and the Josiah Wheeler mansion. Spurned on by his vivid imagination and his need to discover the truth about the woman who walks the widow’s walk, he seeks guidance from his grandfather.
Reluctant at first to give in to Dickey’s wishes, Grandpa eventually relents and suggests he seek advice from the spirit of his great-great-grandmother, Eliza Tuffett. Unsure of what to expect, he summons up his courage and decides to risk it.
With the help of his friends, they embark on the adventure and their curiosity takes them back to Rocky Neck Lighthouse and to the haunted Josiah Wheeler mansion on a mysterious journey they’ll never forget.
Eyes of the Soul
by Karen Esposito
Jack always longed to lift the physical world’s veil of illusion and peer into the reality behind it. His journey, in the afterlife, provides answers to his lifelong quest for forgotten truths. Traversing two worlds with the guidance of a mysterious angel transforms Jack by replacint the ego’s vision, with that of the soul’s. He gains an elevated perspective through releasing limiting beliefs and replacing them with liberating insights. The world, and his path, are seen in a magical, new way.
About the Author:
Karen Esposito read her poem, What was not Seen on September 11th, at the first 9/11 memorial. Her Columbine poem, A Cry for Help in Columbine, was published in The Denver Catholic Register. She has now turned her capability for healing words into a novel. Karen is a second degree Reiki master. She has a career in the travel industry and lives in New York City.
“Karen Esposito addresses the needs of contemporary seekers in this inspirational book. She gives us practical tools with which we can gather spiritual knowledge.”
-Barbara Biziou, author of The Joys of Everyday Ritual and The Joys of Family Rituals
“This is a must read! Karen’s grasp of spirituality is comprehensive and inspiring. I encourage you to embark upon this awesome journey. You’ll feel enlightened, elevated, and entertained!”
-Louisiana Zinn, Reiki Master, Spiritual Teacher and Healer
Journey to Self by Cheryl Landress
From Creator Cheryl Landress:
My first year of college, I had an English teacher who gave the class a writing assignment as a final exam. That assignment was to go to a quiet place of our choosing, take out a pen and piece of paper, and truly reflect on ourselves. He asked that we just start writing and proceeded to tell us that we would discover new and insightful things about ourselves that we would have never suspected. Well, feeling at the time that I was very much in touch with my inner self, I felt like this would be a huge waste of my time. But nevertheless, I had to do the assignment.
I found myself perched on a huge rock bordering a slowly running creek, and began to write. The experience was life-changing. I’ve been writing in journals ever since, and refer back to them as life’s challenges present themselves. I forget the teacher’s name, and I never thanked him, but I still think of him today.
I wanted to create a library of journals specifically targeted to the “phases” of our lives to help organize these writings so they can be reflected back on, and even possibly passed on to friends and family. I hope that these journals help you and your loved ones figure out this thing we call life.
Krista’s Day: An Odyssey by Jenny Dickelman
Orator Cicero quoted: “To be unaware of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.”
Krista was born the daughter of a German woodcarver and his wife who instilled traditions from the Old World firmly in her. Although they sent her away at a young age to grow into adulthood with family friends, they felt satisfied she had been prepared well. Once in America, Krista did not remain a child for long. In the intimacy of warmth and respect, she faced experiences and adventures. However, she was not prepared for the unexpected and even some mysteries as her life unfolded. Preparedness fell far short of expectations.
About the Author:
My interest in Art and Writing began very early. It was as if I, too, was an Alice in Wonderland and fell down a rabbit hole, discovering a whole different world. I think Alice was onto something when she asked, “What is the point of a book without any pictures?” I pursued illustrating and writing in Illinois and continued in Santa Barbara, CA after locating here in 1978.
My mother’s paternal family originated in Normandy, France and it was through them I became fascinated by my heritage and their homeland. The moment I set foot in Normandy, I knew a part of me belonged and would forever be with me. On my initial visit I talked with some Normans. I heard their personal stories and experiences, particularly during the years of World War 11. Thus, my book, Krista’s Day: an Odyssey. is fiction founded on fact.
Krista’s Day is an imaginative, fanciful biography that contains a solidly grounded plot and a cohesive logic to hold the reader’s attention. This a serious literary effort — there is a gentility and inspiring quality here. Recommended for its polished performance and absorbing story line.
– S. Judd, Chicago, IL
Poems and Stories From the Lucky Life of Seymour Lehrer by Seymour Lehrer
This book “Poems and Stories from the Lucky Life of Seymour Lehrer” has taken up five precious years of time. and is why I have no free time. I find poetry to be an interesting and challenging subject. At times I get a spark, work on it off and on for months and years and finally get it right, or sometimes give it. up. These are my best Poems. The balance of the book are stories that I like, several are nonfiction.
Now some would say, “Seymour what in hell is so lucky about your life” Well I’ll tell ya, #1 I was lucky that I had people that taught me by example what not to do, kind of weird but better than nothing. I had a few positive examples of what to do. I met my Shirley, that was lucky, her family taught me what it means to be a good husband and father and what it takes to be a business owner. #2 I was lucky that we had two good kids that most of the time were not giving us gut aches’, they married good guys that we love, even though they all moved here. #3 That my business that was going broke decided it wasn’t. As a matter of fact it learned how to be a success. #4 That by and large we haven’t had much in the way of health problems, except for an occasional hiccup. And #5, that we moved and love it in Santa Barbara: a paradise. If that ain’t enough good luck, you tell me.
“Promises Kept” by Rick Farren is the story of Garrett Burns, a young homeless man caught in the unrelenting grip of his addiction. The story profiles his struggle and sacrifices attempting to overcome his demons. Garrett’s life had spiraled out of control since becoming estranged with his father and leaving home during his teenage years causing him to bounce from back alleys, to rooming houses and shelters.
Although set in the 1970’s it is a contemporary story portraying the troubles of our society while demonstrating the resilience and resourcefulness of the individual soul. Inspired by an unlikely minister, the prospects of a steady paycheck, and an introspective young woman, Garrett perseveres to find himself and conquer his demons while at the same time attempting
Psychic Princess: Admirable Avocation by Jolinda Pizzirani
is the story of a young woman with psychic abilities who unwillingly gets involved in solving various crimes. Daniella Luisa Celestina Speranza, or “Danni” as her friends call her, was content living with her menagerie of cats, dogs and a turtle while working on her sculptures and nurturing her creative side. She didnât mention to people that she was psychic, having learned the hard way that most would only think she was crazy. But one person she confided in was her good friend, Peggy, who convinces her to use her capabilities to help find a rich coupleâs daughter that is missing without a clue. Danni reluctantly agrees to try her best, unsure if she will help — or hinder — the investigation.
Remember Not to Forget and Other Poems by Christina Pages
Christina Pagès’s second collection of poetry begins with her roots and her wondering “Who am I?” as she breathes in England ’s air “soaked with dew.” Her poems take us from England , through various countries in Europe, through Israel , Japan , and Mexico , settling back in Ojai , California , where she ponders the small and large mysteries of love and loss, the miracles in the surrounding landscape and her garden, the destruction and rebirth in California fires. Her last poems are elegies to her partner and soul-mate who died suddenly during the San Miguel Poetry Week, San Miguel de Allende, in 2012, where she has been a participant for the last seven years.
Sea Change: The Uncertain Realm of the Married
by Patsy Garlan
Katherine Somerset, a lovely woman married to a rich, charming man, with three well-behaved children and seemingly everything an educated, cultivated woman in her thirties could wish for, is unaccountably dissatisfied with her life. She realizes that her life is superficial and that perhaps there is another, deeper self, waiting to emerge. So she sets out on a journey—a journey of self-discovery—and falls under the spell of two totally inappropriate people. And so begins the awakening.
It is mid-November, 1963. Katherine (nicknamed Kat), her husband Charlie and their children are vacationing at an elite resort on a Hawaiian island.
The beauty of the island, the pleasures of golf, tennis and sailing, of lavish wining and dining, all conspire with a beguiling trial attorney (Hay) and his sister (Marge), a tennis champion, as they compete in the seduction of a bewitched Katherine.
The new decade is at the cusp of the expanding Civil Rights movement, of the rising tide of women’s rights and the Sexual Revolution, of the upcoming Vietnam War, with young people in open rebellion everywhere against the established order. Sea Change ends five days before the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas and the awakening of America. The onrushing events are an undercurrent of the story, and as Katherine challenges her customary, customized world, she is perhaps an embodiment of the changing times and a new generation of Americans.
The conflict is one of reason and passion in a period of complex, even chaotic, social and sexual mores, where the options are not only either/or but, sometimes, both/and. Rather like today . . .