Second Wind Publishing, LLC
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– Mike Simpson, Publisher
Second Wind Publishing, LLC, is an independent press that produces quality novels by talented authors with readable, distinctive voices. Each author was chosen to be a part of the Second Wind family based on his or her ability to tell a wonderful story.
The developers of Second Wind researched the publishing industry, emerging technologies, and realized what they needed to do differently. Using this knowledge, they started a new publishing company. The Second Wind staff carefully selected over a dozen incredible writers the first year of operation and, although still small, the company adds more outstanding authors and books every month.
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If anyone had asked Wil VanLipsig where he'd be in five years, he surely wouldn't have said he'd be fighting the ultimate evil on an unknown planet in a lost galaxy. Fighting a war, probably. Killing off insurgents, righting political wrongs, following another man's agenda. Funny how life throws things in our paths that we must overcome. Wil is no different.
Body on the Church Steps
She was young, exceptionally beautiful, and except for her sheer lace panties, completely naked and very dead. She lay at the top of the steps that led up to the front of the church. How in the world did she come to be there? Somebody put her there, but who? What’s more, no one knows who she is. All the pastors say she wasn’t one of the congregation, then who was she? Who killed her and why?
Mahmoud works at the Ministry of Commerce. He’s smart, single, ambitious and Emirati but—unlike most of his countrymen—he’s not rich. Khawla is married, beautiful, wealthy and unhappy. She’s also an Emirati. Before starting work at the Ministry, she makes a very peculiar and specific request. Mahmoud will have to build something for her in the middle of the office floor.
As vivid memories of a tragedy that cost her both parents, come flooding back, Jamie discovers a truth that she kept locked away-something only she knows about the night they both died. could re-living the memories that have shaped her life and relationships be the key to finding real, lasting happiness? What else will it bring to her door?
They take a deep dive into the loveably clownish latrine of Southern Culture, all the while spinning toward one brother’s death and the other’s return to roots—the conversion from credentialed academic back to homeboy redneck, meaning, in this case, that the survivor learns to forget the classroom and love the carport. In this shrewd new novel things fly apart deliciously. –Frederick Barthelme
Lure of Fun
UNCOMPENSATED ENDORSEMENTS: "...Lures, Life and everything else..." - Arnold of S.F., N.C.~~"...entertaining, knowledgeable and very delightful. For some
reason I enjoyed it." - Melissa M. of H.R., N.C.~~"FUNNY! Worn should write for the papers, a good read every week and he'd be employed. I enjoyed each word." - Anne E.~~"If I'd written this book I wouldn't put my real name on it either." -Warren
Lucas Lee survived unimaginable cruelty by making choices that no one should have to face. He did what had to be done and wreaked revenge on his persecutors. He discovered that not every Southern white person was evil and not every Yankee was motivated by noble thoughts of freedom for everyone. His descendants persisted and even prospered in the mist of humiliation.
A trusted member of her ultra-Orthodox Jewish community rapes fifteen-year-old Hannah in the back room of a Brooklyn kosher butcher shop. Unwilling to
succumb to her parents’ demand that she blame a homeless black man, she runs away. Alone on unfamiliar New York City streets and armed only with an
indomitable spirit, quirky sense of humor, and unyielding intolerance for hypocrisy and injustice.
A Lady Unbecoming
Born out of wedlock, torn from family, sold to a brothel far from home, Lydia Parker has only her own fiery will to rely. Then destiny brings her noble, idealistic, magnificent Nicholas Wentworth. Drawn to the young woman, Nicholas finds her story and the reality of her virginal innocence. Time and trial bind them-the past intrudes on what might have been a lasting love for this lady unbecoming.
Centaur of the Savannahs
Centaur of the Savannahs, formerly titled Crousilleau, is based on the true saga of Dr. Jean Formy-Duval and his family who had to flee the terrors of both the French Revolution in 1789 and ten years later the Haitian Slave Revolt with a dramatic escape to coastal NC. The legend of this family has been handed down to their descendants from one generation to the next ever since.
Shape I'm In
Time to come back home and rumble in the alley. Shape I’m In: the Camel City Dispatches, is journalist Chad Nance’s second book, taking him off the highways of America and back to the streets and back alleys of his hometown, Winston-Salem, NC. It reads like a raw feed out of a working journalist’s notebook covering eveything from politics to big dreams of a small city in a historical transition.
2050-Det. Mickey Wambaugh is the best man-hunter in an America which has been crushed & crumbled by internal strife & domestic terrorism. The new mission, given to him by the Dali Llama herself, teams him up with a salty veteran of the 21st Century Civil Wars, a Shaolin Monk, and a cybernetically enhanced explosives expert on a journey through the dark soul of a possible future American nightmare
Viper is a half-demon teenage girl living on Earth with no childhood memories. Ethan is a human boy with sad gray eyes and a broken life. The two form an unlikely friendship and when a demon, Phyton, kidnaps them both their lives are irreversibly changed. Will they be able to save each other and vanquish the evil opposing them?
Diary of a Fed Up Teacher
The parent says, "My child is perfect, so it must be the teacher's fault that he's failing."
The administrators say, "These tests are perfect, so it must be the teachers' fault if the students are not performing."
Our elected officials say, "The State is in a dire financial situation, so it must be the teachers' fault."
I say, "ENOUGH!"
Now it's time for the teachers' side of the story to be told.
Nine Digits tells the story of Nee-Nee Marcus, a headstrong 15 year old girl from Philadelphia, who despises her family: her clueless parents, her nasty brothers, her evil sister. She would do anything to be free of them. When she hears about a new reality television program that will award a prize of $100 million, she decides she'll do whatever it takes to win.
I Minus 72
Ted Mason, the new President-elect, has seventy-two days until his inauguration. There’s a lot to do, but it’s all overshadowed by a possible threat on his life. A torn piece of paper with his name, another name, and his inauguration date was found on the dead body of a former Soviet informant.
The Fairy Hunters
Feryl is back and Uriel's Gift has changed everything, but at what cost? Her father was murdered and she was left with her cold-hearted mother. Intelligent and fiercely driven Karen Gabriel began to suspect something was wrong when the people in her company started changing. The closer they were to the "project" the more listless and zombie-like they seemed.
Walking Out of the Canadian Wilderness
Walking Out of the Canadian Wilderness is a story of adventure, love and triumph. Josh & Mary are the lone survivor of a plane crash, lost in the wilds of the “Great White North.” Josh’ survival skills and her growing affection see them through Canadian winters, illness, childbirth and human treachery. Once again George Wright spins a triumphant tale.
A World Without Music
Returning from the first Gulf War haunted by images of the body of a marine he brought back from the desert, Reagan seeks refuge from his nightmares and broken marriage in a jazz quartet in which he plays bass guitar. With help from Tom Wallach’s ghost, the marine Reagan discovered in the desert, and the daughter Wallach never met, can Reagan find the music that will make his life worth living?
Magic Words and Fairy Dust
A picture filled inspirational lift for anyone going through treatments.
This is a special book at 5"x4" and 14 pages
Polite Conversation About the Weather
In these connected stories, MacQuin chronicles complex emotional territory as her characters, each touched by their Midwestern roots, pursue what feels like a more significant life beyond the barriers of their backgrounds.
Left alone in the world, Isis Underwood abandons her life filled with small town rumors and escapes into the Blue Ridge Mountains, planning to expose the truth of her tragedy. This is the tale of Isis Underwood, a young woman who has lost everything she loves. Having resorted to living hidden in the mountains, she is filled with many emotions and struggles to find her place in society.
Fraser the Fir
Follow Fraser the Fir through his life from seedling to Christmas tree
In Search of Justice
Detective Gage Santana is trying to be fair, to cover all bases, to keep an open mind. Unfortunately the clues of crime he is investigating—involving a brutal murder, a notorious affair and shady business dealings—keep pointing him in increasingly dangerous directions he doesn’t want to go.
As Detective Sergeant Jerzey Swift begins her search for the killer, Ray Cleveland, is called in as a consultant to help. When another murder occurs the case is thrown into chaos. Taking place in thewine country on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, the action stretches as far as Philadelphia, Pa. Jerzey’s life becomes at risk from an old adversary.
Jane Doe awakens in a world of nothingness after living three lives. Without having memories of any of them, she must relive them with the help of her guide, Thyme. With three wonderfully short lived lives, and three intense, passionate loves, Jane Doe must choose who she wants to be in her afterlife and who she wants to take with her.
Divide by Zero
It takes a subdivision to raise a child, and a wealth of threads to weave a tapestry, until one breaks.
Troy, the garage mechanic's son, loves Lydia, the rich man's daughter. Amethyst has a remarkable cat and Andrea a curious accent. Old Abigail knows more than anyone else but doesn't speak. And in Paradise Park a middle-aged man keeps watch while autistic Amelia keeps getting lost.
Murder at the Johnson House
Lives intertwine in a snarled web of deceit, seduction, greed and murder. On a sweltering night in 1895, Pinkerton Detective Earl Buchanan witnesses Orville Devey murder his friend George Hutchinson. Buchanan vows to Devey dead or alive. He tracks Devey to Chicago, where Orville Devey, Sam Telfer and Thomas Trimble align themselves in illegal white slave trade.
At seven Olivia Woodson has already learned she is a supernormal. When she witnesses her supernormal mother die fighting a supervillian, fear and guilt drive Olivia cut off all contact with her mother’s family rejecting her destiny as a supernormal. At fourteen, all she wants is to live her life as a teenager with her normal father. However, destiny has funny way of boomeranging.
Miss Catherine Trevor is quite happy with her life at her father’s estate of Rosemont and does not regret choosing to remain unmarried at the advanced age of nine and twenty. But a visit from her brother, his peevish wife and ill-mannered children causes Catherine to reconsider her status when she realizes she will eventually be dependent upon her brother if she does not establish her own househol
Henry the Mountain Lion
Follow two cousins as they try to find Henry the Mountain Lion on Hemric Mountain. Based on a true story.
Endure and Prevail
Anna Shelton survived the hands of her high school sweetheart. She built a life by managing a farm, caring for her widowed mother and raising livestock. She even acquired true, loving companions—her beautiful horse Smoky and her faithful sheepdog Casey. Anna had escaped the treachery that marred her past and built a life just right for herself. If only someone hadn't kept trying to kill her.
Madelaine Jones is still reeling from her husband’s death in Afghanistan when her house explodes and a mysterious letter indicates her husband might not have been a war casualty. Her desire to know the truth puts Madelaine and her loved ones in danger as she searches three continents for answers.
Dr. Fixit's Malicious Machine
That's not what eleven-year-old Trevor Tate expects his mom to say when she gets his third suspension noticed in three months. He doesn't expect a robotic tentacle to shoot out of the bathtub and drag her through an otherworldly portal, either.
Now to rescue Mom, Trevor must follow her to Nil-- a world of giant bugs, monstrous machines and disturbing lack of working toilets.
Young Jiffo: The American Featherweight
Much more than a boxing story, we witness the coming into manhood of Jiffo, an illiterate street brawling slum hoodlum, when Tom Riley, the retired heavyweight champion of Australia, invites him to join his boxing academy. Through the sport, Jiffo learns skill, character, and courage leading him to rise out of the no-hope existence in Sydney in 1900.
Death in a Small Town
John Thomas is a young former FBI agent who fell apart after a car wreck for which he blamed himself, afterward retreating into a bottle. His talent is to see connections between bits of evidence that others overlook. His best friend, the police chief of the small town where both were raised, is murdered execution style.
Olivia's Sweet Adventure
Join Olivia for the adventure of surgery and saving her precious friend, and dog, Mike from the mean Fairkey.
Christmas After Woodstock
What if you could change the future.
But you couldn’t change it back...
It’s the week before Christmas, 1969, and an unexpected gift arrives for 15-year-old Arthur August Mallory. Because of the ancient book he has the power to make the world over any way he wants—but not the power to overcome the unintended consequences of his actions.
Graduate student Koral Walker has a relaxing spring break in mind—just walking through the beauty of springtime in the Ozarks. Beginning with the mechanical failure of her faithful, old Toyota and the intervention of a compelling stranger—who seems strangely familiar—the next four unpredictable days propel her forever from her serene world into a series of passionate mountaintop dramas.
Gray Green Underground
As I read this book, I almost felt like I had become Isabel, the main character, and that I went through everything she went through. It has such a sense of reality about it. It drew me in with one frightening thing after another. I can usually tell you how a novel will end, as well as being able to figure out who the person is, or the persons who are, guilty. Five stars for this one!
HIlls of Pride
Jamie Montgomery accompanies her father from the New Orleans she loved and understood to the very different world of Winchester, Virginia. As she struggles to understand and to be accepted, this new world she is trying to embrace begins to crumble about her. As we walk with her through these hills of pride, Jamie must learn how to cope with a society that claims she is not worthy of inclusion.
Allegorical novelist Bud Fussell draws together the disparate threads of his three previous works. In doing so he draws the reader both back into a reconsideration of the ancient roots of these compelling stories, and also makes it undeniably clear that the passions, failures, victories and moral realities of historical figures are being lived out today as well. In simple, elegant prose.
Sex and the Senile
Suzie Walker is a septuagenarian who has lived in nine states. She has collected stories along the way and has woven them into a rollicking novel about fictional Marge Avery who has entered the dating scene two decades after divorce. Suzie is mother and grandmother, who may now spend time explaining to friends that yes, our mother/grandmother is a shade off the norm.
Sweet Harmony, the first in the Sweet Harmony Trilogy
Harmony, Minnesota, 1937
Iris Andersen, protagonist, turns thirteen. Her two sisters are Merry Columbine, nine, and Martha Rose, three. Her parents left Richmond, Virginia, Iris’s real home, and moved to Harmony, Minnesota, a farming community. Iris had no say in this life changing event.
The People Under the House
Very few escaped the death camps of Nazi Germany. Of those who survived, nearly all had been successfully hidden by friends. A handful had no such friends and co-conspirators, but managed to stay alive through a rare combination of wits, intuition and luck. Werner Hellman was one of the latter. This is their story, completed by Dene after Werner’s death.
Holy Ever After
Megan, a young fairytale enthusiast, becomes the heroine of her own story when she enters a magical world through her bedroom mirror. By blending the wonder of fiction with the everlasting truths of Scripture, Holy Ever After reveals the timeless message of God’s Good News. Readers of all ages will be inspired to embrace a Christ-centered identity, a God-directed purpose, and the eternal treasures
At Least Next Week I'm on Vacation
At Least Next Week I’m on Vacation is 31 stories of a cock-eyed, but clear-eyed view of every-day life in a crazy world we call normal, wringing every bit of humor out of it as it goes. It gets belly laughs from the mad and the mundane alike-the international sperm industry, the joys of a new toilet, twisted vacations, marriage.
Sam and Eddie must rely on their scouting skills to protect themselves and the younger boys as they try to make their way back to civilization and warn authorities about the planned terrorist attack. They get encouragement along the way from a strange hermit who claims to live in the woods. But the terrorists have an ally, too—an American sleeper agent who knows the bombing is only the first phase
Despite what might be idealistic times, not everyone is happy. Alexander Giston, 64 years old in 1966, invented a machine that broke time and allowed him to return to the past and save his wife and son from the train wreck that took their lives. Heeding his advice, they agreed to travel by aeroship instead, and were lost when the aeroship went down.
Rubicon Ranch: Necropieces
Residents of Rubicon Ranch are finding body parts scattered all over the desert. Who was the victim and why did someone want him so very dead? Everyone in this upscale housing development is hiding something.
From sweet childhood remembrances to fanciful solutions of family dramas to romantic relationships that begin--or end--during the holidays, Second Helpings is an anthology of stories and memories, but most especially of recipes. Our end-of-year celebrations are occasions that bring reunions with unforgettable feasts and that one special, treasured dish.
Novel Writing Tips and Techniques
"As someone who constantly evaluates novels for publication, I was astonished at the breadth and clarity of the wonderful advice contained in this handbook. It addresses concerns as grand as plot development and as simple but essential as formatting your submission."
–Mike Simpson, Chief Editor
Rubicon Ranch: Riley's Story
A little girl’s body has been found in the wilderness near the desert community of Rubicon Ranch. Was it an accident? Or . . . murder! But who would want to kill a child? Everyone in this upscale housing development is hiding something.
Change is in the Wind
Change In The Wind is a fresh, challenging collection of seventeen short stories by as many authors, all dealing with the theme of change and renewal. Virtually every major theme in modern literature, including romance, mystery, crime, science fiction, religion and even nature find their way into these marvelous, eclectic stories.
Mystery in the Wind
A Second Wind anthology comprised of outstanding stories written by little known authors of the highest caliber. An engaging series of stories of mystery, mayhem and murder.
Murder in the Wind
An anthology of crime/mystery short stories contributed by the outstanding authors of Second Wind Publishing. Murder, mayhem and the unexpected are rife in each riveting story.
Love is on the Wind
Love Is on the Wind is an anthology of romance short stories penned just for this collection by the outstanding authors of Second Wind Publishing.
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