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A mysterious lost land deed and a missing map hidden somewhere in Grandma’s attic can save Ellen and Troy Baron. The twelve-year-old twins live with their mother in a falling-down house with no hot water or a working toilet, and most nights they all go to bed hungry and dirty. Troy is bullied by the boys in gym and Ellen faces the “snoots” every day, girls who make fun of her. Their father may be hiding from the police and their grandmother who can help them can’t get in touch because they don’t have a telephone. Their mother has Cerebral Palsy and walks with a jerky limp, but everyone thinks she is drunk. Ellen and Troy are afraid something will happen to her and they will be alone with no-one to help them. Huby returns to Arizona in book four of The Shadow Boy Mysteries in his hardest quest yet, to save the twins and their family before it’s too late.
Rachel Wells loses everything she cherishes in a brief summer storm off the coast of Florida. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, driven to the point of insanity by survivor’s guilt, Rachel turns her back on the world and retreats to a deserted island with her cat. Here she plans to live out her life in isolation, frozen behind an impenetrable veil of pain. That is, until she receives a gift from the sea that opens a slit in the veil and allows the world to intrude. Ignoring her conscience, Rachel learns too late that some gifts are not meant to be kept forever, and that forgiveness and redemption sometimes require sacrifice. The gods and spirits watch as the many layers of love unfold to reveal a complex finale.
Eleven-year-old Willie, always the smartest kid in town, skips two grades, doesn’t have any friends, and spends his days reading in an abandoned old cellar. Suddenly, a boy who calls himself Huby as in the red ruby, appears out of nowhere and becomes Willie’s new friend. Who is this weird new boy who knows things he shouldn't, and might not be what he seems to be? Together they explore Willie’s favorite hideout where mysterious noises and dots of light could mean a ghost. When Willie wins a school contest with a proposal to build a baseball field, the project may fall apart because third base will be over Willie’s cellar hideout and whatever may be down there. With the help of new friends and the town witch, Willie solves the ghostly mystery under third base.
Frederic (Freddy) Gold is smart, talented, funny and overweight. She hates her name, her body and the school bully. As if that weren’t enough, her parents are newly divorced and her dad has a young girlfriend. Excited about turning twelve and starting middle school, Freddy meets Dolly, and African-American girl and Eva, a Latina, who are also fat. They discover a mutual love and talent for music and form a band. In this coming-of-age story, Freddy learns to cope with adversity by using her humor, talent and the support of her friends, her older brother, and a special ‘fat angel’ to earn respect and popularity. ‘Tween years are tough for every kid and whether it’s zits, body image, hair, bullying or personality, this book will touch every kid between nine and fourteen
Romance mystery writer, Lily Aaron is a young woman looking for a forever love and inspiration for her popular books. On a lunch break from her job as a magazine editor, she meets a sexy, gorgeous man in a coffee shop, and falls hard. Is Ken Braun’s image as a successful attorney and charming companion all a façade, or is he the man destined for Lily’s future? Meanwhile, Ted Warren, an obsessed computer geek starts stalking her, calling her Laurel. She can’t get rid of him and before she can figure it out, Ted is murdered and Lily is now in first place as the killer. Lily struggles to prove her innocence, and deal with the enigma of a new man in her life and the secret behind Ted’s obsession and death. In a harrowing climax, Lily discovers the truth, but it may not be in time to save her own life.
Huby as in the red ruby, the strange boy who sees the future, mysteriously materializes out of nowhere to return in this exciting sequel to The Mystery Under Third Base. It’s Halloween and Alex Cooper, age 11, is wearing a green goblin costume. On mischief night, Alex’s hated math teacher falls down the stairs and suffers a fatal head injury when his mailbox blows up. A green goblin was seen near the teacher’s house that night, and by the next day everyone believes that Alex Cooper murdered his teacher, including the police. Join Huby, Alex, and his schoolmates as they set out to prove that Alex did not commit the crime. Is there really a nasty green goblin in town, and what part do Alex’s sometimes friends, Trash and Mungo, the town’s bad boys, have to do with it?
Set in Lithuania in 1897, this historical romance is the tale of a young woman conflicted by the traditions and laws of her religion and a need for her own identity. For most of her fifteen years, Hannah has loved Gershon, the Rabbi’s son.
A match is made, but Hannah fears becoming a Rabbi’s wife and having to be a perfect example of womanhood. In her mind, the traditional cutting of her hair and wearing a wig or scarf means losing her identity. Hannah tells Gershon how she feels and he breaks the engagement, shaming her family. Life takes a turn for the worse, when her young brothers’ fight with town boys causes a pogrom, an attack by Russian Cossacks. When the Russian army comes for her brothers to conscript them into the Czar’s army, Hannah’s aunt and uncle offer to smuggle the boys out of Lithuania to America. Hannah begs to go with them, despite the harrowing journey. Along the way, she meets Eli, a young flute player, also running away from Russian conscription. Hannah’s dream of love and life in a safe, free land, may at last be within her grasp if they survive the voyage and get through immigration.
Bad things are happening in Gillian Sandler’s life. Just after her ninth birthday her parents announce that they are getting divorced. If that wasn’t enough, her dad is leaving for a younger woman named Amber whom he intends to marry. Even worse, Gilly, the star goalie for the school soccer team, knows three Ambers, all on the team and in her fourth-grade class. Embarrassed and furious, Gilly conspires to get rid of Amber, her future stepmother, and enlists the help of her older brother, Marcus. Whatever she tries seems to backfire, until one terrifying night, when she learns something important about Amber. Then there’s the Amber Club at school. If she can become a member, will they join the conspiracy?
THE BOOK OF MYSTERIES
Enter The Book of Mysteries at your own risk with Tyler Trent and his best friend, Zack Vander. Tyler and Zack live in an apartment house in New York City. Tyler’s uncle sends him to a find a disappearing bookstore, an ancient bookseller, and The Book of Mysteries, where exciting and danger-filled adventures await them.
REVENGE OF THE WIZARD
In the strange world of Balara, the two boys, with the help of a Balaran girl, a dragon-slayer giant, and a yellow, polka-dot dog, must un-mask and force a wizard to release a fire-breathing dragon from a deadly spell. The boys must complete the quest before they can they return home, that is, if the disappearing bookstore is still there and they remember the magic words.
THE GARGOYLES OF GOTHICA
In the second novella, Tyler and Zack face marauding gargoyles. Good King Elveron’s golden scepter has the power to keep the country of Gothica safe and thriving, but it has been stolen by his evil stepmother, the former queen. She has cast a spell on the gargoyles that sit atop Blackthorne Castle, home of the King’s half-brother, Lord Malevil, and the winged-beasts menace the countryside every night. The boys, with the help of twin Goth princesses, Lily and Ivy and their cousin, Sir Valor, must retrieve the scepter and free Gothica from the terror of the Gargoyles. Only then can they return to their own world through the bookstore that may have disappeared.
THE CENTAURS OF SPYR
This could be the last adventure Tyler and Zack undertake, for they may not be able to return home. They emerge in a world populated by the hairless people of Haven, trees that can speak and move, and colonies of mythical beasts that live in the surrounding plains and mountains. There is imminent war between Griffons and Hippogriffs and Haven lies between. Even guarded by a massive forest of trees, the destruction of Haven appears to be a real possibility, unless Tyler and Zack and their Haven friends, Kai and Cassa, can find a stolen crystal, prized by the Centaurs in the mountains of Spyr and convince them to help stop the war. The Centaurs live in isolation and want nothing to do with the other inhabitants of the country. Tyler and Zack face the most dangerous quest of all, and this could be their final journey into The Book of Mysteries.
Everywoman wanders, seeking a place in the sun, where she can raise her face to the warmth and rejuvenation. Reflections is everywoman's journey through the many decades of her life that might be the saga of us all, with a few tweaks here and there. Follow her from childhood to early elder years on a trip that ranges from funny and ridiculous, to woeful and introspective. All are welcome to take her hand and tread upon the path she has chosen in this lifetime and enjoy the experience. Dr. Fran Orenstein's writing is nothing short of brilliant and now, with the debut of her poetry collection, she delivers another thought-provoking reading journey. Orenstein is a masterful, skilled writer. Her ability to harness and weave language into breathtaking poetry not only holds your attention through every word, but challenges your own emotion and imagination. Few authors are able to depict such vivid images with their words, however Orenstein has proven her abilities once again. Her work is for readers of all ages and for those who truly value artful poetry such as written by literature's esteemed greats. - Rev. Dr. Deborah Simpson, owner of Spirit Cove, LLC., Poet and Author of Beauty Forever Reigns, The Oracles 333: Selected Verse, and Love and Romance.
The Gargoyles of Blackthorne by Fran Orenstein
Tyler Trent and Zack Vander return in another adventure from THE BOOK OF MYSTERIES,this time battling the terrifying GARGOYLES OF BLACKTHORNE. Good King Elveron's golden scepter has the power to keep the country of Gothica safe and thriving, but it has been stolen by his evil stepmother, the former queen. She has cast a spell on the Gargoyles that sit atop Blackthorne Castle, home of the King's half-brother, Lord Malevil and the winged-beasts menace the countryside every night. Tyler and Zack, with the help of twin Goth princesses, Lily and Ivy and their cousin, Sir Valor, must retrieve the scepter and free Gothica from the terror of the Gargoyles. Only then can they return to the disappearing bookstore, that is, if it is still there.
The Wizard of Balalac by Fran Orenstein
When 12 year-old Tyler is sent by his uncle to a disappearing bookstore to buy The Book of Mysteries, he and his best friend, Zack, fi nd themselves in an exciting and dangerous adventure in the strange world of Balara. the two boys, with the help of a brave Balaran girl, a dragon-slayer giant, and a yellow, polka-dot dog, must un-mask and battle a wizard and release a fi re-breathing dragon from a deadly spell to resolve the mystery of the Wizard of Balalac. Only then can they return home, that is, if the disappearing bookstore is still there.
Born on Halloween, and raised in Brooklyn and Bronx, NY, Fran Orenstein, Ed.D. writes 'tween and YA books, as well as novels and poetry for "grown up" folks. She is an award-winning poet and short story writer. Fran is also an experienced editor, and gives presentations and writing workshops at schools, libraries, groups and conferences.
Visit Fran's World at www.franorenstein.com. Now running in the new blog link, the 2013 blog tour on writing. Read what published authors say about writing and publishing.
For 'tweens:The Mystery Under Third Base and The Mystery of the Green Goblin are series featuring a strange boy who shows up in town just when our hero needs some help. Meet Huby, a mysterious character who appears and disappears in a sunspot.
Fat Girls From Outer Space is a 'tween novel on bullying and childhood obesity. Freddy hates her body, and most everything else about herself. Friends are moving on to boys, and the school bully has it in for her. Can she survive 7th grade?
Check out her YA historical romance novel The Calling of the Flute (SP) that takes place in Lithuania, Prussia and America in 1897. Hannah rejects the traditions of her religion and dreams of a life of freedom to be herself. Will she escape from the dangers of Lithuania under the Russian Tzar? Can she save her little brothers from conscription into the Tzar's army?
Fran's short stories are featured in anthologies such as Gallery Of Voices. Her poems are in various anthologies by Deborah Simpson.
Gaia's Gift is a novel for adults about a woman who loses everything she loves and suffers from survivor's guilt. A gift washes up from the sea and Rachel makes a choice that may cost her life. A book of love, deception and redemption, Gaia's Gift is set in Southwest Florida.
The Book of Mysteries is a YA fantasy trilogy of novels in one volume. Two boys find a disappearing bookstore, a magician bookseller, and a book that with a bit of magic transports them directly into the story. There they must fulfill a dangerous quest or they may never return to New York.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/Gy5MZ10-5E
Relections, a book of poetry, follows many decades of a woman's life from childhood to early elder years.
One Amber Too Many is a chapter book for ages 7-10 about Gillian, age 9, and her reaction to her parent's divorce and a new possible stepmother. Will she succeed in getting rid of this one Amber too many, or will everything she does backfire?
Murder in Duplicate is a mystery/romance novel for adults. Lily Aaron leads two lives, magazine editor and mystery writer. She is suddenly the prime suspect in a murder. Can Lily prove her innocence, and who is this mysterious new man in her life?
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