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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A Girl on a Bike
Through riding and writing, she found her voice and retained her spirit. Sometimes serious, other times humorous, Ms. Emmerich invites the reader to ride along on a journey that includes adjusting to an empty nest, aging parents, divorce and again seeking love. This collection of essays encourages everyone to recognize their inner voice and follow where it leads.
After Iris Andersen's first year in Harmony, MN, she and her family cross the threshold of "new" and move closer to "belonging." There's an adoption and a birth, a wedding, and nightmares. The Andersons miss Greenfield Lutheran's Christmas Eve service-again. Iris and Martha Rose are present for a death, and an angel visitation. Laughing Sky shares a secret, and Iris' burning question is answered.
I Don't Think It's That Simple
Do you think Evan Leighton is a stalker—or a good guy looking for love in all the wrong places? How about Julia Atwater—is she an innocent flirt or a shameless manipulator? The one sure thing is that they both love Julia’s teenage son Hunter—then a surreal accident changes the course of all their futures.
When Pamina Campbell learns of a murder committed over two hundred years ago in her Connecticut farmhouse in order to avenge an unforgivable crime, she accepts that she has no idea how the universe works, except that it requires acquiescence at every point. Two plot threads twine as one woman calls to another across three centuries.
Cards of Justice
Karen Rivers tried to ignore the message, but the sender was adamant. He insisted on telling her he had murdered someone. Congressman Howard Betts, his body left on the steps of the House of Congress. The killer wants Karen to write his story. Her refusal results in the death of Senator Steve Hargrove. How is Karen to respond to a ruthless killer who has a story to tell and will do anything?
In the first book of the Extinction series, the Roberts family established a small foothold in the new violent world populated by murderous mutants. In Survival, they must move forward to expand this foothold. Each day is filled with deadly adventures as they push to find and rescue other survivors. Along the way, they discover mutants are not the only danger. Other survivors are just as deadly.
Dead on the Trail
Molly and John Lewis were living their dream, working as professional horse trainers on a beautiful farm. When John left to judge a horse show and her help called in sick, Molly had her hands full. That was before she discovered a body in the woods….
Single again after fifteen years of marriage, playwright Brenda Gordon searches for her new identity in New York, London and Cyprus, often confusing and blending reality with her fictional characters. In her new status, will it be serial monogamy, numerous marriages and divorces, celibacy, or will what was old become new again?
Chasing the Woodstock Baby
Legend has it that among the half million people in attendance at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, a baby was born. However, nobody has ever come forward to admit to having had, or being, the baby. Until now. Tyson Chase is a retired Detroit cop turned bar owner. When Caroline Wolf asks him to find her baby, the one she had at Woodstock, the chase is on.
Black Dog Magic
Leigh Somerville delivers the third and last novel in the trilogy that began with It All Started with a Dog. In her debut as a novelist, she created what has been called a "feel good book for not-so-feel good times" and captured the hearts of readers who eagerly awaited the sequel, All Good Things.
Twist is a police-procedural thriller. Three criminal factions in a narcotic investigation, ultimately brought together by Shawna Quinn, a twenty-three year-old rookie taken from the Sacramento Sheriff's Training Academy. It's 1985, as Quinn is assigned to work undercover in high school. Complicated by Quinn's love, a narcotic detective, stumbles upon a major drug operation.
While vacationing with her mother in Havana, a ten-year-old American girl is taken by members of a child sex ring intent on selling her into forced prostitution. When the human traffickers avoid capture and escape the island, the father of the girl, surgeon Raymond Peters, decides to take matters into his own hands and initiates a worldwide investigation.
Apricots in a Turkish Garden
This sparkling collection of ten short stories is similar to her other work in its deft narratives, sure characterizations, engaging dialogue and enchanting resolutions. Ironically, Apricots is also like Knowles’ other writing in that it is almost impossible to categorize. These tales draw the reader in through her seductive storytelling and summarily haunt the reader with her profound insights.
The Curious Flurry of Snow
He lies, but is charming. He makes a fool of her, but is entertaining. Everyone seems to adore him, and Amanda Snow is afraid she is falling under his spell. Is he a murderer or intended victim? The small town sheriff thinks he is guilty of murder and Amanda is an accomplice. To save themselves, they must find why people are being murdered and by whom. With help in the form of a Kerry Blue Terrier
The charmed life of Ron Jerdin, record breaking long-distance runner, is dashed by a series of disasters. A freak injury threatens his career, shatters his trust in the college coach who recruited him and robs him of chance at international prominence. As his abilities and accomplishments abound, the forces of destiny that robbed him begin to point him toward the greatest road race of all.
Crack in the World
About to turn 12, Emily is determined never to be sexually molested by her father again. A member of a large family she feels alone and isolated; yet determined to grow up positive and happy. The family’s move to opens the possibility of a new life for her and those she loves, as well as introducing her to those who will become the major players as she decides to turn her world upside down.
During a period of enlightenment, Riova is at war. But inside the city of Desrala, life is peaceful. At least on the surface. Jiada, a young and brilliant astronomer, works under the influence of her professor and secret lover, Audric. But when an attractive woman enters, Audric forces Jiada to embark on a quest to rid himself of her or, give him the answer: how to cheat death.
One part political thriller, one part rollicking satire and one part insightful examination of today’s culture, Marietta Rodgers’ marvelous first novel, The Bill, engages readers on intellectual and emotional levels. Humorous, gritty and fearless, the novel is as rewarding as it is challenging. The story and its characters stay with you long after you’ve finished reading The Bill.
Borne to Die
Though the story is fiction, the author has taken a similar trip to what is related here so powerful. He accurately describes much of the scenery of the African continent, as well as the social conditions frequently encountered by travelers. The story itself is a tense, intriguing tale of revenge and murder in group of touring physicians and their spouses as they journey from from Belgium to Kenya
Weight of the Moon
A self-important couple is about to face the darkest day of their lives, courtesy of a flamboyant, well-upholstered opera luminary. When their best friends’ clandestine adult-film star daughter schemes to come to their rescue, a bizarre, enlightening, and humorous journey unfolds. Will their faith in one another be enough to uncoil their deceitful pasts and free them from the weight of the moon?
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?
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
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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