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Anita Stafford makes her home amid the scenic hills of Crowley's Ridge in the northeastern corner of Arkansas. She worked as a teacher and a counselor in public school before becoming a full-time writer. The Legend of Sassafras House is her first children's novel.
Twelve-year-old Kale Flores knows life is not fair. He needs a friend, but more than that, he needs money. When he learns there could be a fortune hidden in the Sassafras house, he thinks his luck may have changed. Never mind the house is supposed to be haunted.
When Jasmine Palmer revealed the legend of Sassafras house to Kale, she never thought it could lead to so much trouble. She says it's a place someone could go into and never come out. Is she right?
The only thing Kale is sure of is that his problems will be solved if he finds the money. He doesn't know the deserted house holds secrets from the past, secrets that are waiting to tangle him in a dangerous web.
S.O.S. I’m a College Student
By Emily Chance
I’m nearing the end of my first year of college and I have come to realize that it’s nothing like the movies. I have never been to a party. I haven’t found my calling. I haven’t come to realize the great thing I am destined for. Instead, I’m lost. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed that college students think about four basic things.
Money. I work my butt off at a job who underpays me and underappreciates me. I don’t make enough money to live on. I always come down to: “Should I eat, or should I put gas in my car for this week?” My car is messing up? Just turn up the radio. It’s not broken if you can’t hear it.
Food. I literally have a new appreciation for nearly all food. If you give me food, I will gladly accept it whether it’s a burger, salad, squid, whatever. I am eternally grateful. I have eaten things I used to be repulsed by due to the sheer fact that it is what I HAVE. I have no time or enough money to eat. Sometimes I don’t even manage to eat more than once a day. A lot of those times, it’s because I forget or I’m too busy with work or school and I lose track of time. When I realize how late it is, I realize I should just go to bed instead.
Sleep. I need to get my homework done, but I’ve also been doing homework for so long I haven’t slept for two days. Should I chug another redbull/coffee mixture or miss this assignment because I couldn’t get it done in time? Is it normal to sleep while attending college? There’s a bed in the dorm, but that’s piled up with books, crumbs, and disappointment.
Static. The basic thoughts are nothing but static. Going through homework, typing things out, only to laugh tiredly and say, “I don’t think I did this right, but it’s done and it looks kind of okay?” Just last week I was supposed to plot the points of and draw mercury’s orbit around the sun. The teacher said the shape was going to be a smooth ellipse. What I got was a very drunk mercury whose orbit resembled a two-year-old’s drawing. I couldn’t get help, either. Why? Because my lab partners were also thinking static thoughts. One was staring at my paper zoned out talking about a hangover, another one kept drawing lines that looked like contemporary art, and then there’s the other one who slid a ruler in the clip of his mechanical pencil and made airplane noises as he “flew” the “plane”.
Check on your college people. We are not okay. There are finals. We need food, sleep, and proper care because in college, we are basically below the intelligence of kindergarteners placed in a large place and given lots of responsibility. We have all the responsibility and are told we will run this world, but honestly? We are all like my third lab partner. Update: He crashed the plane…
Edited by Klancy Hoover
Learning to Let Go of Unwanted Books
By Klancy Hoover
Have you ever looked over at your overflowing bookshelf and thought, “Wow, my life is a mess”? Because that’s currently me. I’m a recent college graduate still living with my parents, not only fighting with my siblings for space, but also my bookshelves. I have well over 100 books that I’ve stuffed onto my bookshelves, with their spines increasingly poking and jutting out as I try to pile more and more books into such a small space. It’s become a source of stress for me. Whenever I look over at my books packed tightly together, it’s as if I can feel my own lungs constricting, stealing my breath as my overflowing bookshelves continue to overpower my personal space. To combat this stress, I have been wanting to get rid of a number of books I haven’t read to make room for more stories, but for some reason I always hesitate.
I think my hesitation stems from the fear that the books I consider getting rid of now might actually end up being one of my favorite reads later if I give them a chance. What if I discover a new author I enjoy, or new characters I feel a connection to? How can I give up a book that I spent my hard earned money on? But questioning yourself incessantly like this will only stress you out more, and won’t bring you any closer to a solution to the problem. Reading tastes change. I bought a YA fantasy book over four years ago that I have been hoarding on my bookshelf ever since, and yet its description doesn’t sound as appealing to me as a reader in 2019. It’s okay to not be interested in a book anymore. It’s okay to let it go and make room for new books that you’re excited about. There are so many worlds to explore in different stories; you shouldn’t chain yourself to the idea of finishing just one.
Another source of hesitation for me comes from the books that other people have gifted or recommended to me over the years. I always feel guilty about the idea of getting rid of books that other people have given me, especially when I consider the possibility of them finding out. I don’t want them to be disappointed. But when you consider the fact that a gift is a gesture of well-being, a way of showing someone that you thought about them and value their interests, and wasn’t given with the intent of tying you into that person’s debt, it’s easier to let the guilt go. It’s okay to give up a book that was gifted or recommended to you because in the end you might be gifting that book to another reader who will enjoy the story even more than you did.
Learning to let go of unwanted books is a challenge. There are so many reasons that someone might be hesitant about purging their bookshelves, and each of those hesitations are valid. You shouldn’t feel guilty about them. There’s a reason behind those hesitations, and it’s totally okay to keep hoarding those books on your bookshelf until you understand why. When you’re ready, there will be new worlds for you to explore.
Edited by Emily Chance
NEW FICTION RELEASE FROM DREAMING BIG PUBLICATIONS!
TITLE: Caskets Full
AUTHOR: Rick Maydak
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rick Maydak is the author of “One If By Heaven, Two If By Hell” a Foreword Reviews' 2009 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy novels, “Caskets Full” represents Rick’s second full length novel. A finance professional by day, little league dad by night, Rick’s odd perspective on the world comes forth through his dark satire. One day he hopes to achieve total consciousness. In the meantime, he enjoys playing vintage video arcade machines and Kentucky bourbon.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
“Robert Turner cannot die, nor can he age. Brought back to life, he sleeps in a tomb near Boston’s Old North Church and has no friends. No friends other than a dead man, the infamous witch hunter, Cotton Mather.
Robert died in 1944 during Operation Overlord. His last memory was the feeling of hot metal lancing through his abdomen as he sunk to the ocean floor, mere yards from Omaha Beach. Robert believes he was brought back, back from the dead - for a purpose. That purpose, only Cotton can interpret, for the clues come to Robert in murderous dreams. Murderous dreams that land his quarry upon “the list”. For demons walk this earth- and they must be culled.
Trapped in a modern purgatory, will Robert succeed in filling his quota? Can he cope with the ever increasing cigarette prices? Will he ever get a ticket off this rock?
On a holy mission from God, Robert seeks to eradicate demons from this world. At the same time, he also aims to drink as much beer and Kentucky bourbon he can get his mitts on. Meanwhile, visions of lovers long lost haunt him across the decades.
Questionable judgment, drunkenness, Rorschach tests and trips to the loony bin prevail, leading up to a realization that only the most paranoid schizophrenic could possibly imagine.”
A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Hello book nerds! I'm excited to announce the first new release we've had in a couple of months. Caskets Full will appeal to fans of sci-fi/fantasy and Magical Realism while delving into topics such as alcoholism and mental health. If you know me well, you'll understand why I was excited when this manuscript came through our submissions process! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
On a more personal note, thank you all for the kind thoughts and encouragement sent my way during the past year and a half as I was dealing with a cancer diagnosis, surgery, and radiation therapy. At the time of writing this announcement, everything "looks good" they keep telling me. I'll be having a PET scan in the morning actually, and that will be a more definitive look to see if any cancer still remains. I've been doing well though, feeling well, and back up to full functioning. On a more business-y note, I want to let you know that you'll be seeing several new releases from us very soon. We had some hiccups due to staff turnover which stalled production until we could fill those spots, but it should be smooth sailing from here, and we have a lot of wonderful, exciting books coming your way soon!
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