Malcolm’s 2013 Holiday Book Catalogue
Share a gift of stories with your family, friends and neighbors. They entertain forever while lifting one’s spirits. You can find these books on iTunes, OmniLit, Amazon and Smashwords. Nook editions of many of these novels are available at Barnes & Noble. My holiday list also includes books I’ve reviewed. The link for each title is for Amazon.
- The Betrayed – magical realism/contemporary fantasy (e-book): After serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War, David Ward finds refuge from his demons in at a small, Midwestern college where almost everyone is lying about something including those he once thought he could trust. Not for the faint of heart, The Betrayed is a tale of magic, attempted murder, slander and kidnapping.
- The Sailor – magical realism/contemporary fantasy (paperback and e-book): While David Ward’s heart tells him to dodge the draft by escaping into Canada or Sweden, he bows to the pressure of family and friends and enlists in the Navy where he serves aboard an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. While a carrier is a dangerous place, the greatest threats to his sanity come from his friends and family back home.
- The Seeker – magical realism/contemporary fantasy (paperback and e-book): At the urging of his medicine woman grandmother, David Ward climbs the sacred mountain for a vision when he’s 19. He sees his future, but cannot stop destiny from unfolding down hidden pathways. This novel is partially set in the Montana high country during the state’s worst flood. The spiritual and personal deluge is worse than the high water and threatens to carry away the young woman he plans to marry.
- Emily’s Stories – general fiction/paranormal (paperback, e-book and audio book): Three short stories about a very determined and inquisitive 14-year-old girl who talks to spirits and approaches life’s adventures with a Nancy Drew attitude. She fights to save the sacred forest behind her house, understand the importance of the sweetbay magnolia tree in her grandmother’s back yard, and rescue her father from a grizzly bear. “Mapmaker” and “Sweetbay Magnolia” are set in the Florida panhandle, and “High Country Painter” is set in the Rocky Mountains.
- Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire – satire/comedy (paperback, e-book and audio book): In this adventure with a touch of noir, old-style reporter Jock Stewart battles a clueless local government, wimpy editors, lovers who come and go, and a hopelessly inept police force to report the news while looking for the stolen race horse Sea of Fire.
- Cora’s Crossing – short story/paranormal (e-book): Two students find an assault victim on an old and very haunted bridge on a dark and stormy night and realize her enemies are more dangerous than the ghost.
- Moonlight and Ghosts – short story/paranormal (e-book): A young man is drawn back to the abandoned psychiatric hospital where he once worked and learns that two of the ghosts there need his special psychic skills to help find a missing young woman.
- The Land Between the Rivers – Stories/folktales (Kindle e-book): Three short stories inspired by the Seminole creation myth about Panther, Snake Bird and Bear and their learning experiences in the Florida swamp at the dawn of time. Why doesn’t the Florida Panther roar? Why does the Snake Bird create such a ruckus getting airborne? What odd food does the Black Bear eat and how did he ever find it?
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- The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) – After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story. See my review.
- Blessed Are the Wholly Broken, by Melinda Clayton – After the heartbreak of losing their newborn son to a previously undiagnosed genetic condition, Phillip and Anna Lewinsky managed to patch their lives back together and move forward, filling the emptiness with friends, work, and travel. When Anna unexpectedly finds herself pregnant again at the age of forty-three, Phillip is thrilled to have a second chance at fatherhood in spite of Anna’s objections. See my review.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman – Forty years ago, our narrator, who was then a seven-year-old boy, unwittingly discovered a neighboring family’s supernatural secret. What happens next is an imaginative romp through otherwordly adventure that could only come from Gaiman’s magical mind. Childhood innocence is tested and transcended as we see what getting between ancient, mystic forces can cost, as well as what can be gained from the power of true friendship. The result is a captivating tale that is equal parts sweet, sad, and spooky. See my review.
- Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling – Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells is an anthology for everyone who loves these works of neo-Victorian fiction, and wishes to explore the wide variety of ways that modern fantasists are using nineteenth-century settings, characters, and themes. See my review.
- The Book of Now: Poetry for the Rising Tide, edited by Leah Shelleda – Seven lyrical women poets, each accompanied by a study of their work, navigate our contemporary world. They travel to the depths of the psyche, experience exile, rhapsodize on the beauty of our planet, lament loss and celebrate renewal. These poets write courageously on what threatens us: climate change, war, mountain-top removal, loss of species, environmental damage, the scourge of cancer. They are witnesses, ‘Couriers,’ who bring us their visions. As the tide rises they reach out to us in deeply personal and clear voices, each providing a unique experience in contemporary poetry. See my review.
- The Faust Woman Poems, by Naomi Ruth Lowinsky – In the 1960s and ‘70s the long forgotten and forbidden Great Goddess roused herself from millennia of slumber and took possession of young women’s imaginations. That cast out She offered a Faustian bargain—She would rip you out of your narrow domesticated self image, thrust you into the wilds of sex, power and creativity, initiate you into the mysteries of Earth and Starry Heaven, but you would owe Her your soul. A generation of women followed Her. Some knew her as Feminism, some knew her as the Deep Feminine, many as both. The Faust Woman Poems trace one woman’s Faustian adventures through that time. Most of a lifetime later the Great Goddess returns to the poet. As oceans rise and species die She demands Her due. See my review.
- Joyland, by Stephen King – Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. See my review.
Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!