Open Books Press

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Open Books Press publishes quality books which inform and benefit the reader and serve the greater good, including adult nonfiction, and fiction for all ages. Titles are published in trade paperback, Kindle and other eBook formats. Printed books are available in the USA, UK and numerous countries around the world.
Open Books Press is an imprint of Pen & Publish, Inc., an education and nonprofit specialist established in 2005, dedicated to a win-win-win collaborative publishing model.

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Wide as the Wind
Pre-release—available September 30, 2016. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Published by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The lyrical tale of a boy, a girl, their island, and how they saved it. Wide as the Wind is the first novel to deal with the stunning, tragic history of Easter Island. It is both a stirring novel of adventure and a prophetic tale for our times.
The Fragrance of Angels: An Accident, My Taste of Eternity, and a New Life
Pre-release—available September 1, 2016. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Published by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
It happened in an instant: a car crash, thrown from the vehicle—and then swept into eternity . . . only to return, after being pronounced dead three times, to a far different life. Welcome to The Fragrance of Angels, Martha Brookhart Halda’s memoir about time on the other side—and how and why she reshaped and developed a new purpose in life after it became more fraught with challenge.
Caulerpa Conquest: A Biological Eradication on the California Coast
Pre-release—available July 15, 2016. Price: $6.99 USD. Language: English. Published by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Ocean life
Rarely have global battles in the war on invasive species been successful. Even tougher is fighting a mutant genetic clone of a natural counterpart on a marine coast. The first known Western Hemisphere detection of the invasive algae Caulerpa taxifolia occurred in So. California. Caulerpa Conquest is the true story of the 2000 to 2006 precedent-setting local eradication effort.
Writes of Life: Using Personal Experience in Everything You Write
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,080. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2016 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
The IPPY Award–winning Writes of Life begins where your personal experiences and pen intersect—the starting point for great stories that touch others.
Through the Eyes of a Young Physician Assistant
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,460. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
From the delivery of a newborn, to the terminally ill at the end of their lives, and many in between, Through the Eyes of a Young Physician Assistant will leave you laughing and crying and with a deeper appreciation of PAs.
Resting Places
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,930. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Literature » Religious
Resting Places is an inspiring, upbeat story, a tale of real faith in what we cannot see except with our hearts, a novel that follows a character from despair to hope, from despondency to renewal.
An Incredible Talent for Existing: A Writer's Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,050. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
From her vividly evoked existential childhood to writing her first children's book on a sugar high during a glucose tolerance test, Pamela Jane takes the reader along on a highly entertaining personal, political, and psychological adventure.
Learning to Be Lilly
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,870. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Lilly Moore is in her last semester of middle school. Following the death of her grandmother, Lilly questions if she really wants to become an adult. The new millennium seems strange and uncertain, with tragedies such as Columbine. However, with the support of her parents, teachers, a new friend, and the memory of her grandmother, she begins to recognize her strengths and who she is.
Ever Faithful to His Lead; My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,210. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Abuse / domestic partner abuse
How does a young woman from a stable, loving family make so many poor choices when it comes to love? Kathy must face her self-defeating patterns before she and her children become a statistic. The lives of her two children depend upon the choices she makes. Join Kathy on her roller-coaster ride of self-discovery, from shame and guilt to inner strength in her tears to triumph story.
Coyote-meeter's Abyss
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,280. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
Strange halos of light above the sacred mountain! Eerie sounds echo through the dark canyons. Two reservation men are fiercely attacked by spirits of the dead near the Mexican border! Frightened residents confront village elders for answers to the mystery. Danny Rivas, the coyote-meeter, and his grandfather Joseph, must move quickly before utter chaos engulfs the reservation! Danger awaits...
Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,370. Language: American English. Published: July 15, 2014 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
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Bobbi Carducci’s life was about to change. Her ill father-in-law 's odd behavior was a mystery when he came to live with her and Mike. For the next seven years Bobbi did everything she could to save him from himself—while he tried to convince everyone that he didn’t need her and that she was crazy. Caregiver Bobbi took on “the system” and Rodger’s Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, dementia...
Secrets of the Medicine Pouch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,110. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Crystals filled with mysterious powers. Hidden wisdom protected by ancient spirits. A desert people on the edge of destruction! With his final breath, Chief Gray Horse foresees catastrophe for the Tohono O’odham nation. Wise Joseph and his grandson Danny risk their lives to unravel the secrets of the Chief's medicine pouch. Will they find the ancient wisdom in time to save their people?
One Side of Suicide; Experience moving from surviving to thriving
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,150. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2012 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing, Nonfiction » Psychology » Suicide
"One Side of Suicide" draws on the author's personal use of journaling to move from surviving to thriving in a powerful story of loss and love. Writing prompts help you go within on your own healing journey. Includes professional resources.
The Secret of Eastman Springs
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,140. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2012 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Sara, a shy teenager, makes a bargain with Lacey, a restless spirit who promises to help Sara win the affections of a special boy. In exchange, Sara must uncover the secrets that led to Lacey’s disappearance eighteen years earlier. Too late, Sara realizes that Lacey’s darkest secret may destroy the people Sara loves.
Change of Heart: A Black Man A White Woman A Heart Transplant, and A True Love Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,900. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2011 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Biography » People of color
Robert Dunn experienced hatred and bigotry as part of a black family moving into Queens. At the same time, Dorothy Moore was abandoned by her Irish-Catholic parents. Their stories became one when heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz implanted Moore’s heart into Dunn. The prior events, and the terror Dunn walked through upon realizing his life was saved by a white woman led to his true "change of heart".
The Emperor's Ring
Price: Free! Words: 10,610. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Asian, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A craftsman in the palace of the Han Emperor looked deeply into a yellow jadestone, listened to what his ancestors whispered about the jade’s powers; keeping safe the life and thoughts of its wearer, a Han lord who became Emperor. He fashioned it into a ring, a turtle as the guardian spirit of the wearer’s long life. The jade turtle ring grew heavy with its story.
YÜ: A Ross Lamos Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,740. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2011 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Forbidden love, Imperial Court of the Han Dynasty, jades worth millions on the black market ...Ross Lamos, 21st Century Karmic Detective, knows that somehow the history of the 3 jades is his as well. Lamos has built his career dealing Asian art and antiquities by hiding his very useful psychic touch. When he holds the Yü, the Stone of Heaven will reveal an extraordinary story hidden 2,000 years!
Gift of the Desert Dog
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,150. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2011 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
A twelve year-old Tohono O'odham boy and his grandfather embark on a hazardous journey across Arizona's desert to the summit of legendary Baboquivari Peak to seek the spirits of their ancestors. Treacherous mountain passes, drug smugglers, and the mystery of ancient petroglyphs test their dedication to one another on a quest to the place where I'itoi, the first O'odham, walked Mother Earth.


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