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A PALM BEACH SCANDAL

By Susannah Marren

THE BOOK

Veronica and Simon Cutler and their dazzling adult daughters, Elodie and Aubrey, strike an enviable pose, the ultimate Palm Beach family. In a town where social aspirations, wealth and charm prevail — they are transcendent. While the sisters are polar opposites, they are fiercely loyal to one another.

And then one stupefying secret, meant to be buried forever, is unearthed and no one in the Cutler clan is able to turn back. As the family is shaken to their core, Aubrey and Elodie must realize their places in the world and the lives they want to lead.

In the midst of the unforgiving opulence of Palm Beach, A Palm Beach Scandal is a story for our times. A captivating tale of discovery, sisterhood and love for others where you least expect it.

THE AUTHOR

Susannah Marren is the author of Between the Tides and A Palm Beach Wife and the pseudonym for Susan Shapiro Barash, who has written over a dozen nonfiction books, including Tripping the Prom Queen, Toxic Friends and You’re Grounded Forever, But First Let’s Go Shopping.

For over twenty years she has taught gender studies at Marymount Manhattan College and has guest taught creative nonfiction at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in New York City.

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THE INSIDE RIDE

By Donald Cohen & Max Cohen

THE BOOK

An extended and fearless exploration on the meaning of manhood in contemporary Western culture — at a moment in time in which both Fatherhood and Manhood have become endangered concepts. Pointing out the need for strong male relationships and guidance, this book offers an essential prescription for the psychological health of modern Western societies, which have lost the thread of traditional cultures and their time-honored rites of passage.

The extensive letter exchange between father and son demonstrates intimacy and honesty in analyzing and exploring the often tumultuous events of their lives. Trained in two different psychological disciplines, their interaction provides the reader a look at the complexity of growing up in America’s fast-changing culture, offering invaluable insights for both children and parents.

THE AUTHORS

Dr. Donald Cohen graduated from the State University of New York and holds an MSW from Columbia University and a PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. He returned to the east coast to pursue a fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University Medical Center, as well as begin his private practice. Donald also created, produced and hosted the weekly television and radio show Kids Are Talking. He is a licensed marital and family therapist and has published various articles over the years while conducting lectures and workshops on subjects related to children, particularly communication.

Dr. Max Cohen graduated from Cornell University, earned his MD from New York Medical College and completed psychiatric training at Columbia University. He was a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst for over 35 years, and served as training and supervising psychoanalyst at Columbia. He passed away in 2011.

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SOMERSETT

By Phillip Goodrich 

THE BOOK

Everyone knows about the Revolutionary War, but few know the true story of Benjamin Franklin’s secret plan to turn the northern and southern colonies against their oppressors, and how the freeing of one slave, Somersett, was the catalyst for the colonies to come together against the crown.

Launching a secret plan required politically motivating all the colonies, each with vastly different individual interests. Meticulously detailed and with supporting notes, Somersett tells the real story behind the origins of the Revolutionary War and explains how several well-known but random events during the war culminated in the creation of the United States of America.

THE AUTHOR

An amateur American history buff, Phillip Goodrich has developed a fascination with the lesser-told stories behind the characters during America’s founding years. His interest has led him to extensive research into the personal and political lives of American greats such as Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Through his unique insights and knowledge, Phillip shares his findings in his first foray into the realm of narrative American history with Somersett.

A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Southern California in medicine, Phillip is a practicing general surgeon in suburban Kansas City, MO. He has been an active member on physician forums for the past fifteen years and can often be found at philanthropic events across the country.

He lives with his wife Melodee, their geriatric dog, Loulou, and cat, Allie, in Platte City, MO.

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WITCHES PROTECTION PROGRAM

By Michael Okon

THE BOOK

Wes Rockville, a disgraced law-enforcement agent, gets one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he’s reassigned to a 232-year-old secret government organization, The Witches Protection Program. His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar cosmetics company’s diabolical plan to use witchcraft for global domination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds. Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes must learn to believe in witches … and believe in himself.

Filled with adventure and suspense, Michael Okon creates a rousing, tongue-in-cheek alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern-day New York City.

THE AUTHOR

Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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THE DEVIL AND DAYNA DALTON

By Brit Lunden

THE BOOK

Reporter Dayna Dalton’s reputation has been ruined since birth. The daughter of wild child, Becky Dalton, is expected to follow her mother’s footsteps and never given a chance to prove she’s different. Dayna’s been in love with Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. Her unrequited love for Sheriff Finnes leaves her empty. He’s happily married and unavailable. Instead, Dayna finds herself stuck in the revolving door of bad relationships. But this is Bulwark, GA, a town where strange things are always happening. Dayna is doomed to this loveless life until she can find someone who will appreciate the depth of her character. Can she overcome her fears and look beyond her own perceptions to accept a greater love?

THE AUTHOR

Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology. Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town.

She lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.

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FRACTUS EUROPA

Edited by Eric C. Anderson and Adam Dunn

THE BOOK

Take a thrill ride into the day after tomorrow through a Europe fractured by seismic change.

An American journalist in Moscow uncovers a startling twist in American/Russian relations. A health care administrator struggles to keep medical services afloat amid a crumbling NHS in post-Brexit England. A Ukrainian soldier struggles to reconcile his pre- and post-war identities.

This collection of short stories and beautifully rendered maps takes readers where academics and think tank philosophers dare not tread. Written by journalists and experts in regions with geopolitical unrest who have witnessed periods of great upheaval and threats both foreign and domestic, these fictionalized accounts depict the all-too-real failings of ideology and idealism in a Eurozone dystopia that has already arrived.

THE EDITORS

Eric C. Anderson was a former member of the U.S. intelligence community who served in Hawaii, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia and Washington D.C. His work focused on Northeast Asia — specifically China and North Korea. A prolific author, he passed away in October of 2018. His vast literary contributions, from his fiction writing to his understanding of the complex intelligence and military challenges facing Western democracies, are incalculable.

Adam Dunn is the author of the novels Rivers of Gold, The Big Dogs, Saint Underground and the forthcoming novel The Unfathomable Deep, as well as the co-writer of Osiris. He spent years as a freelance writer cultivating an extensive series of networks among the military, intelligence, law enforcement and financial communities.

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